Pray for: Egypt

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Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Africa
Capital: Cairo
Population: 104,258,327
% Urban: 42.9 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 33.8 %
Official Language: Arabic
Languages: 27
Literacy Rate: 75 %
HDI Ranking: 116 / 189
% Christian: 12.8 %
% Evangelical: 3.9 %
Largest Religion: Muslim
% Largest Religion: 86.7 %
People Groups: 42
Least Reached People Groups: 25
% Unevangelized: 38 %
Persecution Ranking: 16 / 50

Egypt

Title: Egypt

Tier: 1

Type: country

The Arab Spring and the popular uprising of 2011 brought changes to Egypt, but not the changes people expected. People rejoiced and hoped for justice, economic growth, and less corruption after the Mubarak was removed from power. The head of the influential Muslim Brotherhood movement (Morsi) won the 2012 election with help from many liberal, secular, and even Christian voters who did not want his opponent to win. But Morsi quickly moved to extend his own power, and began the process to impose Islamic law on all citizens. Mass protests followed. The army removed Morsi, and Muslim Brotherhood supporters protested. Violent military intervention followed, and the Muslim Brotherhood was outlawed. Egyptians voted on a new constitution and president in 2014. The new president appears to be even more authoritarian than the one the protests had succeeded in removing and just as good friends with the military! Pray for a just constitution, for good laws, and for wise rulers who treat all Egyptians fairly. Meanwhile, the years of upheaval made already serious levels of poverty and unemployment even worse.

Egypt

Title: Egypt

Tier: 1

Type: country

For over 1,000 years, Egypt was a majority-Christian country, even after the Arab Muslim conquest in AD 640. Egypt gave to the Christian world some of its greatest theologians and the monastic movement. Egyptian Christians may be more clearly linked to the original Egyptian civilization that pre-dates the coming of Islam. Some efforts have been made to minimize Egypt’s great Christian heritage, to downplay the size of the Church and to marginalize its contribution to society. But the Church survives. Pray for recognition of its history and role within Egypt and for an even greater role in the future.

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Content taken or adapted from Operation World, 7th Edition (2010) and Pray for the World (2015). Both books are published by InterVarsity Press. All rights reserved.