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Dynamics of a Stagnant Religious Discourse and the Rise of New Secular Movements in Egypt

Nadine Sika

in Arab Spring in Egypt

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9789774165368
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781617971365 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774165368.003.0005
Dynamics of a Stagnant Religious Discourse and the Rise of New Secular Movements in Egypt

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This chapter analyzes the extent to which the Egyptian public sphere, especially religious institutions were controlled by the ruling authoritarian regime. Eventually, both the state's dominance over institutions and society, along with the established religious institutions' discourse, became stagnant, which precipitated the development of new social movements that were able to mobilize people beyond the stagnant religious discourse. These developed a new discourse, based on human rights, freedoms and social equality. Through developing their new discourse, new secular social movements did not undermine Egyptian's religious consciousness, but rather developed new ideals, in harmony with the Egyptian political culture, but beyond the constraints of the main religious institutions.

Keywords: Public Sphere; Al-Azhar; The Coptic Orthodox Church; Social Movements; Authoritarianism

Chapter.  6978 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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