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Coptic Orthodoxy is one of the oldest denominations in church history. Since its founding in the first century, the Copts have suffered great persecution and martyrdom. The Synaxarium, a daily reading in the church of the lives of the saints and martyrs, has countless records of persecution in the church’s lifetime. I hope to draw a picture of documented incidents from 1980–2018 with the Global Terrorism Database (GTD)¹.

I first came across the GTD in a class I took called The Theory and Politics of Terrorism for my intelligence analysis minor. Intelligence analysis always interested me and I believe that…


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