Muslim Mob Attacks Coptics in Giza

For years, Coptics and other Christians have faced violent persecution in the Sunni Muslim-majority (90%) Egypt. Two laws relating to the construction of religious buildings were enacted in the last 16 years, the first concerning the construction of mosques (2001) and the second, Christian churches (2016). The distinction between them illustrates the rampant sectarian privilege in the northeast African state. Following Friday prayers, a mob of (reportedly) hundreds of individuals gathered, attacked parishioners, and destroyed contents within the church. According to the Coptic diocese of Atifh, members of the mob “shouted hostile slogans” and “demanded the church’s demolition.” While governments can adopt policy relating religious minorities to ensure a certain semblance of agency of minority sects as socio-political actors, when the government enshrines sectarian privilege, it gives license to sectarian conflict and hostility. Ergo, another example of the need for the separation of mosque and state.

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