Fitting in/standing out
This project's main aim is to find out how the relative position of a group within society influences the formation and negotiation of communal identities: how and why do people stand out or fit in? Four researchers will study Egyptian Christians and Muslims from a comparative and diachronic perspective.
Egypt is eminently suitable for this purpose, as here Muslims and Christians have lived side by side for centuries. The researchers involved make use of actual material evidence. For their respective periods, they will analyse the dress codes and the way these function in relations between majority and minority. The focus is on the day-to-day reality of dress, and how it relates to such factors as sumptuary laws, foreign influences, or changing contexts.