Keeping the Faith in Exile: Kuwait-Coptic Orthodox Diasporic Spirituality

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Few churches today can trace their lineage as far back as the Copts. Their ancient traditions and rituals go back as far as the very beginnings of Christianity. For centuries, they have withstood many trials and martyrdoms. But in the twentieth century, many Copts left their homeland and scattered all over the Earth, seeking prosperity and security. Many went to the West, but many others went to the heart of the Islamic world: the Arabian Gulf. They took their faith with them into this new and challenging environment. In this context, hybrid forms of spirituality emerged, anchored in the ancient practices but sharpened by contact with globalisation. This migrant spirituality characterises their stories and touches the heart of what it means to be a Christian sojourner today.

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Benjamin Daniel Crace, Ph.D. (2018), University of Birmingham, is an Independent Researcher. He has published numerous theological and sociological articles; this is his first monograph.
List of Figures
Glossary of Arabic and Coptic Terms

Introduction
 1 Martyrs, Monks, and Migrants

1 Studying the Copts
 1 General History and Contemporary Background
 2 Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Developments
 3 Revival Leaders and Luminaries
 4 Historical Conclusions
 5 Studying the Copts
 6 Coptic Theological Sources
 7 Conclusion

2 The Tools of Practical Theology
 1 Pneumatic Kenosis: a Practical Theological Account of Spirit Experience
 2 Theory Construction: Bridging the Sociological and Theological
 3 Conclusion

3 Lifeworld
 1 The Copts in Kuwait
 2 Diasporic Copts in a Stratified Society
 3 Maintaining Stratification: the Kafala System
 4 The ‘Islamic’ Context: Neo-Dhimmitude
 5 Other Material and Time Constituents of the Lifeworld
 6 Sunday School and Religious Art
 7 Conclusion

4 The Case Study and the Pneumatic Pieties
 1 Case Study Design: Process and Demographics
 2 A Shared Psychology of Spirituality: ASA s and Flow
 3 The Pneumatic Pieties: the Eucharistic Liturgy, Prayer, Fasting, Experiences of the Charismata, and the Quest for Baraka
 4 Conclusion

5 The Kuwait-Coptic Eucharistic Liturgy as an Interaction Ritual
 1 Conclusion

6 Prayer and the Diamond Model of Theosis: towards a Practical Theological Theory
 1 Setting the Stage: Hybrid Spiritualities in Tension
 2 The Diamond Model of Theosis (DMT)
 3 Participative Prayer Unto Theosis
 4 Conclusion

7 Pneumatic Piety on a Mission: a Comparative Conversation with Pentecostalism
 1 A Comparative Account
 2 Challenges to Pentecostal-Coptic Dialogue
 3 Progress and Parallels

8 Conclusion
 1 Modernity and Neo-Dhimmitude: Continuing Challenges to St Mark’s
 2 Possibilities for Future Research
 3 Personal Reflections

Bibliography
Index
List of Figures
Glossary of Arabic and Coptic Terms

Introduction
 1 Martyrs, Monks, and Migrants

1 Studying the Copts
 1 General History and Contemporary Background
 2 Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Developments
 3 Revival Leaders and Luminaries
 4 Historical Conclusions
 5 Studying the Copts
 6 Coptic Theological Sources
 7 Conclusion

2 The Tools of Practical Theology
 1 Pneumatic Kenosis: a Practical Theological Account of Spirit Experience
 2 Theory Construction: Bridging the Sociological and Theological
 3 Conclusion

3 Lifeworld
 1 The Copts in Kuwait
 2 Diasporic Copts in a Stratified Society
 3 Maintaining Stratification: the Kafala System
 4 The ‘Islamic’ Context: Neo-Dhimmitude
 5 Other Material and Time Constituents of the Lifeworld
 6 Sunday School and Religious Art
 7 Conclusion

4 The Case Study and the Pneumatic Pieties
 1 Case Study Design: Process and Demographics
 2 A Shared Psychology of Spirituality: ASA s and Flow
 3 The Pneumatic Pieties: the Eucharistic Liturgy, Prayer, Fasting, Experiences of the Charismata, and the Quest for Baraka
 4 Conclusion

5 The Kuwait-Coptic Eucharistic Liturgy as an Interaction Ritual
 1 Conclusion

6 Prayer and the Diamond Model of Theosis: towards a Practical Theological Theory
 1 Setting the Stage: Hybrid Spiritualities in Tension
 2 The Diamond Model of Theosis (DMT)
 3 Participative Prayer Unto Theosis
 4 Conclusion

7 Pneumatic Piety on a Mission: a Comparative Conversation with Pentecostalism
 1 A Comparative Account
 2 Challenges to Pentecostal-Coptic Dialogue
 3 Progress and Parallels

8 Conclusion
 1 Modernity and Neo-Dhimmitude: Continuing Challenges to St Mark’s
 2 Possibilities for Future Research
 3 Personal Reflections

Bibliography
Index
Intercultural theologians, practical theologians, ethnographers, Egyptian Christian scholars, Gulf Studies scholars and researchers.
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