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Document Details :
Title: The Greek Orthodox Church in Interwar Egypt
Subtitle: Between Lay Constitutionalism and Diaspora Politics
Author(s): ROUSSOS, Sotiris
Journal: Journal of Eastern Christian Studies
Volume: 63 Issue: 1-2 Date: 2011
The long controversy concerning the control of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria between the Greek state and the Greek communities on the one hand, and the Syrian Greek Orthodox communities on the other, shaped in considerable measure the role and the position of this religious institution. As long as the patriarchate’s Greek character remained predominant and its sole preoccupation was to deal with the Greeks and their welfare, the Patriarchate became a cause of discord between the Greek and the Syrian Orthodox communities. Both were under the authority of the patriarchate of Alexandria. The Syrian Greek Orthodox faithful challenged Greek domination of this institution, and in the period 1919-1940 the conflict between the two communities intensified, involving the governments of Greece and Egypt as well as Britain.