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A Lonely Minority: The Modern Story of Egypt's Copts Paperback – April 1, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0595089147 ISBN-10: 0595089143

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  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (April 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595089143
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595089147
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,228,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Edward Wakin, Ph.D., a widely published author of magazine articles and books on social and religious issues, was a prize-winning journalist before joining the Fordham University faculty as professor of communications. He has traveled throughout the world as a journalist and as a lecturer. His books range from the immigrant experience to the impact of television and profiles of Middle Eastern leaders.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By David Vaughn on November 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
Edward Wakin writes A Lonely Minority in an attempt to portray the struggle for survival by millions of Christians who take pride in being known as the "original Egyptians." Minorities in today's world have always been fighting for civil liberties and rights, yet in this case, these Egyptian Christians are still being denied of their privileges. The author travels throughout Egypt with a Jesuit priest, Henry Habib Ayrout, and describes his findings. With this book, which had to be smuggled in to Egypt, the author unveils some of the secretive facts that he discovers throughout his journey.
The author achieves his objective by breaking down the book into three distinctive parts. The first part is called "The Coptic Presence." In this part, he explains who the Copts are and how they were a dominant part of Egyptian life, yet there power ultimately declined. The second part is called "Cross and Crescent." In this section he depicts the persecution the Copts have faced thus far and how Gamal Nasser, Egypt's President, is preventing them from climbing the ladder for better social status. The last part of the novel is "The Pursuit of Survival," where Wakin shows signs of Coptic life and presence that is striving to further accelerate Coptic equality in Egypt.
The lonely minority of Copts numbers at least six million. Their weak Diaspora is the reason for their minute presence and power in Egyptian society.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David Vaughn on November 26, 2001
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Edward Wakin writes A Lonely Minority in an attempt to portray the struggle for survival by millions of Christians who take pride in being known as the "original Egyptians." Minorities in today's world have always been fighting for civil liberties and rights, yet in this case, these Egyptian Christians are still being denied of their privileges. The author travels throughout Egypt with a Jesuit priest, Henry Habib Ayrout, and describes his findings. With this book, which had to be smuggled in to Egypt, the author unveils some of the secretive facts that he discovers throughout his journey.
The author achieves his objective by breaking down the book into three distinctive parts. The first part is called "The Coptic Presence." In this part, he explains who the Copts are and how they were a dominant part of Egyptian life, yet there power ultimately declined. The second part is called "Cross and Crescent." In this section he depicts the persecution the Copts have faced thus far and how Gamal Nasser, Egypt's President, is preventing them from climbing the ladder for better social status. The last part of the novel is "The Pursuit of Survival," where Wakin shows signs of Coptic life and presence that is striving to further accelerate Coptic equality in Egypt.
The lonely minority of Copts numbers at least six million. Their weak Diaspora is the reason for their minute presence and power in Egyptian society.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Didaskalex VINE VOICE on June 29, 2003
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Three Books About the Copts:
Dr. Wakin, a prize winning journalist who travelled the world with a sociologist observing eyes, wrote this valuable book while he was a resident reporter in Cairo. He searshed the facts and traveled with Fr. Ayrout, the late Libanese director of the Jesuit schools in Egypt. Although the book was published fourty years ago, yet its impact remained and was recently translated into Arabic and distributed to the Copts in the USA & elsewhere.
In 1918 the British orientalist Leeder wrote his famous book: Modern Sons of The Pharoes, still in print. Recently, the English Coptologist Dr. john Watson wrote a compelling study of the Copts and their curia.
8 Millions of Egyptian Christians:
In three coordinated parts, edward Wakin servays Egypt and it political milieu of the sixties, in part 2, he explains the sociopolitical conditions, and the history of the Moslem Brotherhood, which was nurtured 10 years lkater by the believing (Moslem) president:Anwar El-sadat, which promoted Islamic terrorism, and got assasinated by the gamaa Islamia in 1981.
The Copts,their Church, and Leadership:
In the third part , which is the most interesting of the three Dr. Wakin discusses the crisis of Coptic leadership, and recounted some stories of a recent desert Father, Abba Kyrillos, the solitary patriarch whose spiritual authority touched the lay copt as much as Patriarch athenagorus, and Pope Paul sixth. He delves to the desert and its monasteries where the revival of Coptic monastic life was just starting. He explains how the Coptic Church is the Church of the people, and how did it always influence the Coptic community.
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