Teachers’ perceptions of the interface between religious values and language pedagogy in Egypt

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Spirituality and English Language Teaching: Religious Explorations of Teacher Identity, Pedagogy and Context

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© 2018 Mary Shepard Wong, Ahmar Mahboob and the authors of individual chapters. Religion has played a central role in life in Egypt from antiquity up to the present day. Egypt is predominantly Muslim, making up 90% of the population, while Christians constitute 10% of Egyptians (World Factbook, 2013–2014). Egypt’s 2014 constitution guarantees freedom of religion and stipulates that Islam is the religion of the state. Sharia is the main source of legislation, but allowing Christians and Jews to have their own personal laws such as family statutes based on their own religious rules. The majority of Egyptian Christians belong to the Coptic Orthodox Church. Egyptian Christians live all over Egypt and are integrated in all sectors of life within the country. They are not confined to specific cities or neighborhoods.

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