Dr. Mariz Tadros: Egypt heading towards "Islamic dictatorship"
Nov. 30, 2012
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dr.
has warned that acts of violence and discrimination against Coptic Christians in
are on the rise, and signal a new "dangerous phenomenon."
Speaking at a Christian Solidarity International (CSI) seminar in
, Tadros noted that the "inclusive spirit" of the
Revolution, in which Christians and Muslims joined together to overthrow President
, led many Egyptians to believe that years of "horrendous" sectarian violence had come to an end.
Instead, Tadros said, her research shows that after the revolution, the number of sectarian attacks increased and "continues to rise."
Tadros called "extremely worrying" the new phenomenon of "untriggered violence," in which Islamist groups mobilize followers to drive Christians out of their villages, even when no prior dispute is present.
"What we are seeing is a growing trend of 'cleansing society' of Christians," Tadros said, a term that was unknown in
before the revolution, but which appeared in some contexts where violence erupted.
According to Tadros, the attacks are being driven by "majoritarian politics," in which Islamist groups mobilize popular support for authoritarian power grabs and attacks on women, youth revolutionary forces, non-Islamist political forces and religious minorities. As a result,
is "transitioning to an Islamic dictatorship," she warned. A sign of this trend was the recent monopolization by
's first Muslim Brotherhood President,
, of power in his own hands.
Dr. Tadros' presentation was part of CSI's lecture series on the Future of Religious Minorities in the
, and can be viewed at
. Dr. Tadros is a fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex. Her groundbreaking book
The Muslim Brotherhood in Contemporary Egypt: Democracy Redefined or Confined
was published earlier this year. Her forthcoming book,
Copts at the Crossroads: The Challenges of Building Inclusive Democracy in Egypt
will be published in the spring of 2013.
In response to increasing violence and displacement of Christians and other religious minorities in the
, Christian Solidarity International has issued an Alert for the Prevention of Genocide:
SOURCE Christian Solidarity International (CSI)