| Hugh Fitzgerald: An update on the “islamochristian”
| Tuesday, February 02, 2016
|The phenomenon of the “islamochristian” deserves wider attention, and
the word wider use.
An “islamochristian” is, in its strictest sense, a
Christian Arab who identifies with and works to advance the Islamic
agenda, out of fear or out of a belief that his “Arabness” requires
loyalty to Islam. Islamization by the Arab Muslim conquerors of
Mesopotamia, Syria, and North Africa was a vehicle for Arab imperialism.
This imperialism, the most successful in human history, convinced those
who accepted Islam to also forget their own pre-Islamic or non-Islamic
pasts. It caused them, in many cases, to forget their own languages and
to adopt Arabic — and in using Arabic, and in adopting Arabic names,
within a few generations they had convinced themselves that they were
Arabs. Some held out.
The Copts in Egypt today are simply the remnants of a
population that was entirely Coptic, and that has suffered steady and
slow asphyxiation. How many of Egypt’s Arabs are in fact Copts who fail
to realize this, much less have any sympathy or interest in how their
Coptic ancestors, out of intolerable pressure, assumed the identity of
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|posted by D.Swami Gwekanandam @ 8:14 PM