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About Nelly van Doorn-Harder

Nelly van Doorn-Harder is Profeesor of Islamic Studies at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, USA. She has published on issues concerning women and religion, and minority cultures in Islamic countries.

Before moving to the USA she was director of a refugee program in Cairo, Egypt, and taught Islamic Studies at universities in the Netherlands and Indonesia (Yogyakarta).



Articles by Nelly van Doorn-Harder

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RB, editor

Rosemary Bechler edits openDemocracy's main site.

Parvati Nair directs the United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility.


Cameron Thibos edits Mediterranean Journeys in Hope.

En Liang Khong is assistant editor at openDemocracy.

Alex Sakalis is the editor of Can Europe Make It?

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A revolution before daybreak: Coptic Orthodox Pope, Tawadros II

Pope Tawadros II has realised that the revolutionary spirit in Egypt cannot be suppressed. His answer has been to create a system in the Coptic Orthodox Church that is more open minded and accessible than it has ever been in nearly two thousand years of existence, says Nelly van Doorn-Harder.

Egypt: does the revolution include the Copts?

Sectarian clashes between Muslims and Coptic Christians highlight the recurring question about what role Copts will play in the new Egyptian political system. Can the new generation that waves signs with both cross and crescent in Tahrir Square help reduce the violence?

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