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Riḍā And Arab Christians: Attitudes Towards Syrian Christians And The Egyptian Coptic Community

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In order to present a good picture of Riḍā's relations with Arab Christians, this chapter describes his relations with some of his Syrian Christian fellow-citizens, who, like him, made Egypt their new residence after migration. The chapter focuses on a short sketch of Riḍā 's political ambitions with them and their struggle for independence from the colonial presence in the Arab East, towards an outline of the personal biographies of those among them with whom Riḍā had lively debates. Riḍā 's attitudes towards these individuals generated very interesting discussions on religion, history, Islamic philosophy and literature. The last part of the chapter is devoted to study Riḍā's stances towards the Egyptian Copts, and his reflections as a Syrian émigré on their political demands, ending with his sharp reactions to the Christian writer Salāma Mūsā, who was a close disciple of Syrian Christian publicists in Egypt.

Keywords: Arab East; Egypt; Egyptian Copts; Islamic philosophy; Riḍā; Salāma Mūsā; Syrian Christian



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