Who are the Copts?

The word 'Coptic' is derived from the ancient Greek word meaning 'Egyptian,' and Coptic Christians are also known simply as 'Copts. 

They are the largest ethno-religious minority in Egypt, constituting 8-10% of the population. Copts also compose the largest Christian minority in the Middle East. 


In Muslim-majority Egypt, Coptic Christians are often the victims of persecution and face repeated attacks on their churches. They have suffered a long history of being scapegoated and marginalized by the state.