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    (circa 42- )
    Born in Alexandria, Egypt
    Egyptian Christians
    Name derived from the Arabic word for ‘Egyptian’
    Make up about 10% of Egypt’s population
    Most belong to Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria
    Liturgical language, Coptic, related to ancient Egyptian
    Founded by St. Mark who brought Christianity to Alexandria circa 42 AD
    Their influence declined greatly after most of Egypt converted to Islam.
    Followers frequently get a tattoo of the Coptic cross on their inner wrists.
    Many of the early Copts were hermits.
    Coptic priests have little status as they often have lower class backgrounds.
    Disagreement between themselves and the Roman church led to Christianity’s first rift.
    There is small movement demanding self-rule.
    Their exact numbers are unclear, with estimates ranging from 7 to 16 million worldwide.
    They belong to one of the oldest Christian churches.
    They greatly influenced Christian theology and dogma.
    They were persecuted by their Roman, Byzantine, and Arab conquerors.
    Lately they have been targeted by Islamic terrorists.
    They developed an early form of Braille using carved wood.
    Despite their small numbers, they make up a large part of Egypt’s professional class.
    They helped fight for Egyptian independence.

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