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Egyptian Christians

Reader comment on item: Palace Walk

Submitted by Carol Wallwork (United States), Sep 18, 2011 at 13:49

Mr. Pipes, I realize you wrote this captivating review some time ago. At present I'm reading 'Egypt on the Brink from Nasser to Mubarak' (2010). The most fascinating info so far, by page 160, is how dominant Christians were in Egypt just until the Nasser revolution in the 1950s. Although Muslims were 75% of the population, Christians dominated industry and intellectual life. Yet a Nobel Prize went to a writer who describes how typical it was for a Muslim wife to stay housebound for decades. I of course wonder who were the Christian novelists of that time, and what did they choose to write about.


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