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Political Lives of SaintsChristian-Muslim Mediation in Egypt$
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Angie Heo

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520297975

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520297975.001.0001

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Political Lives of Saints

Angie Heo

University of California Press

The introduction presents the book's argument that holy saints and their imaginaries are sites of Christian-Muslim mediation in post-1952 Egypt. "Christian-Muslim mediation" signals two different kinds of mediation: (1) Orthodox Christian traditions of divine intercession that have long brokered ties across various faiths and denominations; and (2) the Coptic Church and its state-authorized role as an arbiter of Christian-Muslim affairs. The introduction establishes the book's strategic focus on how Copts imagine their relations to Muslims and how the Coptic Church legislates and regulates their imaginings. It provides an abbreviated historical background of Copts and the Coptic Church in contemporary Egypt and elaborates on the book's theoretical approaches to the material aesthetics of sainthood and the national politics of religious difference. It closes with a brief account of fieldwork methodology and a chapter overview.

Keywords:   religion, mediation, materiality, Egypt, Copts, Orthodox Christianity, imaginary, Christian-Muslim, nation, sectarian

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