Americans and Islam, Historically speaking

by PETER MANSEAUIn 1807, American readers were titillated by a potboiler entitled "History of the captivity and sufferings of Mrs. Maria Martin." Click here to get it free from Google Books.It was a salacious story, was summed up by its pithy subtitle: "Who was six years a slave in Algiers, two of which she was … Continue reading Americans and Islam, Historically speaking

The Egyptian Copts

Where do Copts fit in Egyptian society?Share on TwitterThe vast majority of Egyptians are Muslims, but Coptic Christians have held varying degrees of political and economic power over the centuries as previously they were the dominant religion until Islam swept through the region, and made the Christian Copts servants who had to pay "dhimmi" or … Continue reading The Egyptian Copts

Reverend Talmage on the follies of Pride

Pride of city is natural to men, in all times, if they live or have lived in a metropolis noted for dignity or prowess. Cæsar boasted of his native Rome; the Law-giver Lycurgus of Sparta; Virgil of his native Andes [near Mantua, Italy]; the great orator, Demosthenes of Athens; the great mathematician, Archimedes of Syracuse; … Continue reading Reverend Talmage on the follies of Pride

Sisi and the Copts

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, right, offers his condolences to EgyptCoptic Orthodox Church leaders have pledged support for Egypt’s constitution in the referendum last year that followed the ousting of democratically elected Islamist President Mohammed Morsi by the Egyptian army, during the much ballyhooed Egyptian Spring, led at the time by Mr. Sisi. It was … Continue reading Sisi and the Copts

Why are the Copts being massacred by ISIL?

Why are the Copts an Islamic State targetAn extremist shown in the Islamic State video released  a fortnight, Sunday,  says the Copts were targeted because of their faith. The video says the beheadings were also retaliation for Osama Bin Laden’s death at the hands of U.S. special forces in Pakistan in 2011. Another motive was violence … Continue reading Why are the Copts being massacred by ISIL?

Who are the Copts?

Share on TwitterThe Copts are an early Christian denomination that began in Alexandria and survived the rise of Islam in Egypt starting in the 7th century. The Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, also called Coptic Orthodox Church, is an Oriental Orthodox church and the principal Christian church in predominantly Muslim Egypt.In the 4th and 5th … Continue reading Who are the Copts?