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Christianity in the Twentieth CenturyA World History$
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Brian Stanley

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780691196848

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691196848.001.0001

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Aliens in a Strange Land?

Aliens in a Strange Land?

Living in an Islamic Context in Egypt and Indonesia

(p.172) Chapter Eight Aliens in a Strange Land?*
Christianity in the Twentieth Century

Brian Stanley

Princeton University Press

This chapter details the course of Christian–Muslim relations in the Islamic world in the twentieth century. It presents two case studies. The first focuses on Egypt, which in the first part of the twentieth century was the intellectual and publishing hub of the Muslim world, and hence was regarded by Western Christians as the key to its regeneration by the Christian gospel and “modern” ideas of reform. Egypt was also the home of Africa's oldest church, the Coptic Orthodox Church. The second case study examines a younger Christian community within a younger nation, that of the church in Indonesia. The Egyptian case study highlights the dissonance between the post-Enlightenment political philosophy of individual rights and freedom of religion that undergirds Western academic discourse on the subject of interreligious relations and the markedly different concept of religious toleration that prevails in Muslim majority states.

Keywords:   Christian–Muslim relations, Islamic world, Egypt, Coptic Orthodox Church, Christian community, Indonesia, individual rights, freedom of religion, interreligious relations, religious toleration

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