Post-Revolution: the Copts and the Coup

On 30 June 2013, Egypt underwent tumultuous events and Mohamed Morsi was forced out of power. Join us for a lecture illuminating the impact the revolution has had on the Coptic communities throughout Egypt.

Flight into Egypt - 17th Cent. AD (WIkiMedia)
Flight into Egypt – 17th Cent. AD (WIkiMedia)


Thursday, 28 November 2013 at 7 p.m.


Alliance for Arts & Culture #100 – 938 Howe St Vancouver, BC (Map)


  • FREE – SSEA Members
  • $5 – General Public

Tickets available at the door or on

About the Speaker

Paul Sedra is Associate Professor of History at Simon Fraser University, and Middle East Editor of the Wiley-Blackwell journal, History Compass. A specialist in modern Egyptian history and Christian-Muslim relations, Sedra has taught at Dalhousie University and the University of Toronto, and received his doctorate from New York University in January 2006. His most recent book, From Mission to Modernity: Evangelicals, Reformers and Education in Nineteenth-Century Egypt, is published by I.B. Tauris. (Courtesy: Paul Sedra)


In the days following the anti-Brotherhood protests of June 30, Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II cast his lot unambiguously with the army. Indeed, well before the military ushered interim president ‘Adli Mansour into office, the patriarch was already tweeting his blessing of an army takeover. And Tawadros was front and center when Gen. al-Sisi announced the coup to a television audience on July 3. This talk will explore the factors behind Tawadros’ position – in particular, the dramatic rise in anti-Coptic violence in the weeks leading up to the coup. Is Tawadros gambling on a return to the status quo ante of the Mubarak years? Or can one expect a shift in the longstanding political partnership between the Coptic Orthodox Church and the Egyptian state? (Courtesy: Paul Sedra)


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