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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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Remembering Martyrs

Remembering Martyrs

(p.33) Chapter 1 Remembering Martyrs
Political Lives of Saints

Angie Heo

University of California Press

“Remembering Martyrs” explores ritual practices of visualizing death and resurrection to analyze the internal dynamics of communal self-representation vis-à-vis the Egyptian state. This chapter analyzes the Two Saints' Martyrs, the victims of the 2011 bombing in Alexandria, whose collective memory catalyzed emblematic performances of Christian-Muslim unity calling for Mubarak's resignation. Martyrs' relics incorporate the laity into the body politic of divine sacrifice, transmit signs of papal authority, and set moral limits to the clerical hierarchy. At the heart of this chapter is the question of communal transformation and political accountability for violence.

Keywords:   relics, martyrs, popes, memory, community, laity, revolution, violence

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