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n. pl.1.(Etnol.) An Egyptian race thought to be descendants of the ancient Egyptians.
2.The principal sect of Christians in Egypt and the valley of the Nile.
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The population of Jerusalem is composed of Moslems, Jews, Greeks, Latins, Armenians, Syrians, Copts, Abyssinians, Greek Catholics, and a handful of Protestants.
The chapel of the Syrians is not handsome; that of the Copts is the humblest of them all.
On Fridays, Copts used to hear imams in mosques near their homes mocking and insulting their beliefs with the most hideous words.
They were Copts -- Egyptians, and they wanted to remain Egyptians.
The Egyptian Parliament's foreign affairs committee drafted a report to respond to a US Congress memorandum on the situation of Copts in Egypt, said the head of the committee Tarek Radwan on Monday.
Among the Christians of the Middle East, the largest number 6 some eight million or so 6 is made up of Egypt's Copts.
Coptic Christian figure Najib Sweres last week accused the Egyptian state of purposefully concealing the true number of his fellow Copts living in the country.
The Copts of Egypt: The Challenges of Modernisation and Identity (reprint, 2011)
Summary: Despite retaliation, Copts are determined to back new constitution drafted under military-installed authorities.
In "Copts At The Crossroads", author Mariz Tadros poses such questions as why there has been a mass exodus of Copts from Egypt, and how this relates to other religious minorities in the Arab region; why it is that sectarian violence increased during and after the Egyptian revolution, which epitomized the highest degree of national unity since 1919; and how the new configuration of power has influenced the extent to which a vision of a political order is being based on the principles of inclusive democracy.
KAHyRE (CyHAN)- Thousands turned out Monday for the funeral of four Copts gunned down outside a church, in the first attack on Christians in Cairo since the ouster of Egypt's president Mohamed Morsi.
Whoever made it, wanted to put a wedge between Muslims and Copts.