Arab Awakening

  • Article // Feb 04, 2015
    Jayson Casper
    During and immediately following the 2011 Egyptian uprising, Coptic activism reached new heights. Copts organized and came together to call for protection for their communities and rights more generally. However, particularly since the fall of the Muslim Brotherhood and the election of President Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi, such activism has declined. Today, the number of active, effective Coptic movements can be counted on one hand. This leaves the church carrying the mantle of Coptic identity, allowing the pope to decide whether or not to engage in politics. Thus far, Pope Tawadros has opted to back the new government, and Coptic citizens are following his example.
  • Also known as the “Arab Spring,” Arab Awakening refers to the series of revolutions which broke out in the Arab world in 2011 demanding, among other things, the overthrow of autocratic regimes. Beginning in Tunisia, the movement quickly spread to Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen, and Bahrain.