In Selected Opinion

By Robert Spencer – Jihad Watch – 

The Coptic Christians are under tremendous pressure in Egypt, and in that light it is understandable why Pope Tawadros would say this, as preposterous as it is: to state the truth might make the situation even more difficult for Egyptian Christians.

In reality, they have been oppressed for centuries, and when that oppression was relaxed, Islamic hardliners made sure that the relaxation was temporary. Just one example from my new book The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS: in 1301, according to the fourteenth-century Muslim historian Ibn Naqqash, the vizier of Gharb in North Africa visited the Mamluk sultan al-Malik an-Nasir and several other high dignitaries in Cairo, including the emir Rukn ad-Din Baybar al-Jashangir, “who offered him magnificent presents and received him with the greatest distinction.”

But the vizier was not happy with what he had seen in Egypt: the dhimmi Jews and Christians were “attired in the most elegant clothes” and “rode on mules, mares, and expensive horses.” Even worse, they were “considered worthy of being employed in the most important offices, thus gaining authority over the Muslims.”

Back home in Gharb, by contrast, the Jews and Christians were “maintained with constraints of humiliation and degradation. Thus they were not permitted to ride on horseback, nor to be employed in the public administration.”

The emir Rukn and several others were impressed, and “unanimously declared,” according to Ibn Naqqash, “that if similar conditions were to prevail in Egypt this would greatly enhance the [Muslim] religion.”

New rules were implemented swiftly. Ibn Naqqash continued: “The churches of Misr [old Cairo] and Cairo were closed and their portals were sealed after having been nailed up….Next, the dhimmis were dismissed from the public administration and the functions that they occupied in the service of the emirs. They were then prohibited to ride horses or mules. Consequently, many of them were converted to Islam.”

Of course: the light of its truth was shining brightly. Click here to preorder The History of Jihad, the first and only comprehensive history of jihad worldwide — not just against Europe, but against India, Africa, Israel, the U.S., and more — in the English language.

“Egypt has been model for coexistence between Christians and Muslims for 14 centuries: Tawadros,” Al-Masry Al-Youm, July 14, 2018:

Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria Tawadros II participated in a ceremony at the Egyptian Embassy in Austria on the occasion of the 66th anniversary of the revolution of July 23, 1952.

The ceremony, held Thursday evening, was attended by more than 50 ambassadors and diplomats, beside 300 other attendees who warmly received the Pope.

Tawadros expressed happiness about participating in the national occasion of the July 23 revolution.

He added that Egypt had a long history and civilization and has been a model for coexistence between Christians and Muslims for 14 centuries….

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Coptic Pope: Egypt has been model for coexistence between Christians and Muslims for 14 centuries

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