SIGN OF THE TIMES: A protester in Tahrir Square in Cairo carries a sign that affirms the multireligious character of Egypt. The protests brought down the 30-year regime of President Hosni Mubarak. Photo by Jeanette Rizk.

Muslims and Copts together

Egypt’s interfaith revolution

Unlike the other Mid­dle Eastern countries experiencing popular uprisings, Egypt has a significant indigenous historic Christian presence, and Christians make up about 10 percent of the population. Perhaps one of the chief ramifications of the protests that overthrew Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was the way religious divisions were set aside in the process.


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