Egypt's Copts: A closer look at Coptic Christianity
Largest Christian minority in Middle East
The Copts are the largest Christian minority in the Middle East – about 9 percent of Egypt’s 80 million people, or about 7.2 million people. Most of them live in Cairo (where there is still an area known as “Coptic Cairo”) and in Upper Egypt.
Their role in Egyptian politics is minor and Copts complain of systematic government discrimination and persecution in the majority Muslim country.