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No Longer Dhimmis: How European Intervention in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries Empowered Copts in Egypt

Patrick Victor Elyas, University of Pennsylvania

Division: Humanities

Dept/Program: Inter Studies & Business; Near Eastern Langs & Civ

Document Type: Undergraduate Student Research

Mentor(s): Heather Sharkey

Date of this Version: 01 January 2012

 

Abstract

This paper will examine how European intervention in Egypt from Napoleon's occupation in 1798 to the departure of the monarchy in 1952 changed the social landscape of the country. Through Napoleonic decrees, diplomatic pressure, influence on the Mohammad Ali dynasty, and the expansion of European missionary education in Egypt, European involvement in Egyptian affairs was essential in allowing Copts and other Christians to reverse centuries of second-class status and ascend to play outsized roles in the economic and political life of the country.

Discipline(s)

Islamic World and Near East History | Missions and World Christianity | Near Eastern Languages and Societies

Suggested Citation

Elyas, Patrick Victor, "No Longer Dhimmis: How European Intervention in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries Empowered Copts in Egypt" 01 January 2012. CUREJ: College Undergraduate Research Electronic Journal, University of Pennsylvania, https://repository.upenn.edu/curej/156.

Date Posted: 06 September 2012

 

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