Journals Higher Education



Published: 29 June 2015

112 Pages

5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 9789774166846

Bookseller Code (06)

The Church in the Square: Negotiations of Religion and Revolution at an Evangelical Church in Cairo

Cairo Papers Vol. 33, No. 3

Anna Jeannine Dowell

A Publication of The American University in Cairo Press

In the wake of the January 25, 2011 popular uprisings, youth and leaders from the Kasr el Dobara Evangelical Church, the largest Protestant congregation in the Middle East, situated just behind Tahrir Square embarked on new, unpredictable political projects. This ethnography seeks to elucidate the ways that youth and leaders utilized religious imagery and discourse and relational networks in order to carve out a place in the Egyptian public sphere regarding public religion, national belonging, and the ideal citizen. Evangelical Egyptians at KDEC navigated the implications of their colonial heritage and transnational character even as their leadership sought to ground the congregation in the Egyptian national imagery and emerging revolutionary political scene.


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