Here I beg to argue that the root of all evils in Egyptian Sectarian tension is partiarchial misogynist attitudes that feed on tribal values and male chauvaunistic tendencies.
A woman is always at the heart of it all. Camilia , then Abir, and probably to be followed by many other unfortunate souls who are denied their rights to choose their lives, their destinies– and of course , above all, fall in love.
The story always goes like that: a woman, whatever her religion, defies the socio-cultural norms and makes a husband, brother or father angry. It is usually the story of a woman seeking freedom from a shattered marriage; or a young girl looking for love in the arms of someone who happened to be from a different religion.
The angered opposed male figure starts to rally for his cause Matters then escalate into a frenzy.
Men are especially prone to going insane over anything that remotely touches on the hackeneyed concept of “sharaf” or honor– which is coincidentally also our PM’s last name. Their ‘honor’, naturally, is to keep their women nicely tucked away with halos of virtue and chastity , real or imaginary, hovering over their head.
Egyptians… Please grow up before Egypt burns to the ground!