Governance of Religious Diversity: The Copts of Egypt as Example

Diversity is a main element of soft power in Egyptian society. Religious tensions have posed a threat to the country’s social fabric and allowed divisive discourses and incidents of direct confrontation between Muslims and Christians to take place against a backdrop of poor governance of religious diversity.
This study examines the governance of religious diversity in Egypt, from public policy perspective, through revisiting different problems and the solutions adopted, and proposing programmatic solutions in light of recent developments in the religious domain, especially that Egypt is passing through a new stage of history following the January 25, 2011 Revolution.

A detailed summary is available in English.The full report is available in Arabic.

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