Interreligious Dialogue and Politics in Revolutionary Egypt


  • Henrik Lindberg Hansen



Egypt, interreligious dialogue


This article analyses the socio-political dynamics of religious belonging in Egyptian society prior to the revolution and how these have been carried into the revolutionary flux with a focus on official dialogue. Official dialogue, it is argued, is a dialogue form specific to Egyptian society and politics used as a way of negotiating interreligious relations and political ties. First the Egyptian concept of official dialogue as a socio-political phenomenon will be analysed applying theories from sociology and political science, followed by an analysis of how interreligious relations and official dialogue was influenced by the upheaval in socio-political structures following the 2011 revolution.

Author Biography

Henrik Lindberg Hansen

Henrik Lindberg Hansen, originally a master of Theology, moved to Egypt in 2004, where he worked for six years with religious dialogue between Muslims and Christians for the Danish organisation, Danmission. In 2010 he started his doctoral work at School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. After finishing the Ph.d., he moved back to Denmark where he rewrote the thesis into a book, which I.B. Tauris published in 2015 with the title ChristianMuslim Relations in Egypt: Politicis, Society and Interfaith Encounters. Currently, Henrik is working as an analyst for the government in Nuuk, Greenland.




How to Cite

Hansen, H. L. (2017). Interreligious Dialogue and Politics in Revolutionary Egypt. Scandinavian Journal of Islamic Studies, 9(2), 4–27.