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Title: 'Teaching the Way of the Truth to Coptic Fistlings'
Subtitle: The Arabic Correspondence between Moravians and Copts in Ottoman Egypt as an Example of Intercultural Communication
Author(s): MAUDER, Christian
Journal: Journal of Eastern Christian Studies
Volume: 65    Issue: 1-2   Date: 2013   
Pages: 49-66
DOI: 10.2143/JECS.65.1.3011233

Abstract :
In this article, the missionary activities of the German Protestant community of the Moravian Brethren among the Copts of late 18th-century Egypt are analyzed as a process of intercultural communication. The source material for this analysis consists of a corpus of Middle Arabic letters that have been written by the Moravian Protestants and their Egyptian interlocutors. The starting situation of the Moravian-Egyptian encounter and the problems that appeared in the intercultural communication during the early phase of its development are discussed. Moreover, some of the elements that shaped the communication as preserved in the mentioned Arabic letters are presented. In conclusion, it is asked whether Copts and Moravians actually succeeded in establishing an effective intercultural communication both of them perceived as fruitful.

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