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February 17, 2011

Coptic Mother and Child, 1875, painting by Frederick Goodall

The subject of Coptic nationalism has not been paid much attention to, and yet there are strong indicators that the Copts are increasingly seeing themselves as a separate nationalism.

On the 11 February 2011 Egyptians faced a new era; and we have been presented with a new political situation. The protesters at the Liberation Square told us that their agitation was for democracy, freedoms and human rights. Now is the time to see if they have been sincere in their slogans. One hopes that they are, but history and experience, unfortunately, tell us that we, the Copts, may be heading towards the greatest of political disappointments for us so far.

If the Arabs of Egypt, and I use this term to denote the Muslims of Egypt, do not keep their words, and set up a secular state that does not do religion, they will have to face the development of a strong Coptic national sentiment such as they have never witnessed before.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Coptic Nationalist permalink
    October 29, 2011 2:36 pm

    Excellent blog
    Very excited to read other Coptic nationalists’ writings

    • Dioscorus Boles permalink
      October 29, 2011 5:20 pm

      Thank you for your support. I am glad that you liked the Blog. Hope to see you revisiting again.

      • Fr. Kyrillos Ibrahin permalink
        August 3, 2012 9:55 pm

        Dear Dioscorus, thank you for this valuable site! Can I recommend a list or reference works or suggested readings for those of us who would like to go deeper into Coptic Culture? It would be a great help…if its possible to correspond with you by email, please let me know: father dot kyrillos at

      • Dioscorus Boles permalink
        August 4, 2012 8:44 am

        Thank you Fr. Kyrillos. Glad that you liked On Coptic Nationalism. Hope, with God’s help, that I will be able to draw the list you have suggested, but it is a difficult task. I will be in touch. Dioscorus

  2. mindthehat permalink
    November 15, 2011 3:57 pm

    Point well made. I believe that for the last 7/8 centuries the Copts tried ” too hard” to assimilate. Obviously, the experiment has failed and now the time has come for the Copts to nourish the Coptic Identity. One should never suppress one’s own national identity to please others.

  3. December 10, 2016 7:24 pm

    This site is one of my favorites! Thank you for speaking truth about our people.

    • Dioscorus Boles permalink*
      December 10, 2016 9:03 pm

      Thank you! Really appreciate it.

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