Coptics Studies Events 

Claremont Graduate University School of Religion
History of Christianity Program
and the Council for Coptic Studies
cordially invite you to a public lecture on

Will Egypt's Arab Spring include the Copts?

Professor Nelly van Doorn-Harder
Wakefor4est University, North Carolina

Friday, September 23, 2011
11:30 am Social and Refreshments
12:00 pm Lecture

Albrecht Auditorium, Stauffer Hall
925 N. Dartmouth Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711

The lecture will compare experiences of non-Muslim communities in countries such as Indonesia and Egypt that went through revolutionary changes before and during the Arab Spring. We will discuss the agency of minorities in the political and social reconfigurations with special focus on the role religious leaders, politicians, and the media can play in lending voices to those promoting or suppressing basic religious rights.

Dr. Nelly van Doorn-Harder is Professor of Islamic Studies at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. Her research straddles issues concerning women and religion and those concerning minorities, minority cultures, and human rights in Muslim countries. She has done her main fieldwork in the Middle East and Southeast Asia, specializing in indigenous Christianity of Egypt and in Muslim organizations in Indonesia. She has authored and co-authored books, papers, and book chapters in these areas. Her most recent publication on the Copts is: The Emergence of the Modern Coptic Papacy: The Egyptian Church and its Leadership from the Ottoman Period to the Present, co-authored with Magdi Guirguis (2011). Currently she is writing on Coptic spirituality, and editing a book on new developments in Coptic Studies. She is on the Editorial Board of the Claremont Coptic Encyclopedia, currently under construction at:

Inquiries may be addressed to Dr. S. Michael Saad, Chair, Council for Coptic Studies, School of Religion, Claremont Graduate University, e-mail:

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