Samuel Tadros


Samuel Tadros was a Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Middle Eastern Studies at the Hoover Institution. Tadros is currently a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom and a Professorial Lecturer at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. Tadros is the author of Motherland Lost: The Egyptian and Coptic Quest for Modernity (Hoover 2013), and Reflections on the Revolution in Egypt (Hoover 2014).

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The Luck Of The Pharaohs

by Samuel Tadrosvia The Caravan
Tuesday, December 7, 2021

In his seminal essay, The Sorrows of Egypt, the late Fouad Ajami, noted, in his masterful prose, the numerous sorrows of modern Egypt, from the steady decline of its public life, its dependence on foreign handouts, to the deep sense of disappointment that engulfs the country as it rotates between false glory and self-pity  - he concluded his treatise by remarking that “Egyptians who know their country so well have a way of reciting its troubles, then insisting that the old resilient country shall prevail.” 

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Egypt's Reckoning

by Samuel Tadrosvia The Caravan
Tuesday, March 9, 2021

As a young man, Egypt’s legendary playwright, Tawfiq Al Hakim had worked as an assistant to the Attorney General in the Egyptian countryside. There he would witness firsthand the dismal state of the country’s fellahin and the grave injustices Egypt’s rural population lived under. The experience would leave a profound impact on the young author and would shape his views of Egypt’s ills and the necessity for social change that became evident in his literary works. 


Samuel Tadros: Carrying Their Cross With Pride

interview with Samuel Tadrosvia International Christian Concern
Friday, December 11, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Samuel Tadros discusses Egypt’s Christian history and the relationship between the Muslim Brotherhood and the Coptic Christian population and how it’s evolved today.

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The Primacy Of Pragmatism

by Samuel Tadrosvia The Caravan
Thursday, June 11, 2020

“A plague has occurred that is unprecedented and the likes of which we have never heard of before … it has spread throughout the country, east and west, and we have seen wonders from it in its phases and conditions for it has annihilated most of the people in the country … and the markets were closed … and the call of prayers from mosques has been disrupted … and crops have been left unharvested and dried up on the face of the earth because there was no one to harvest it.”


Samuel Tadros: Egyptian-American Researcher Samuel Tadros: There Is An Increase In Atheism In The Middle East Because Of Groups Like ISIS, The Muslim Brotherhood; Religious Discourse Is Failing To Answer People's Questions

interview with Samuel Tadrosvia MEMRI - The Middle East Media Research Institute
Friday, April 10, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Samuel Tadros notes that that there is an increase in atheism in the Middle East because the religious discourse is failing to give people answers that are compatible with science and that are satisfactory for the 21st century.

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Fight Over Christmas Hints Of Looming Coptic Schism

by Samuel Tadrosvia Providence
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

In the night of January 6, millions of Copts worldwide flocked to their churches to celebrate the Nativity liturgy just as they had done for centuries. This year, however, for a few of them something must have seemed odd or rather too repetitive. For just 13 days earlier, on the eve of December 25, some of them had witnessed the same event. The first of its kind event has created a firestorm in their church.

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The Peace Fantasy

by Samuel Tadrosvia The Caravan
Thursday, September 19, 2019

In the introduction to his book, Power, Faith and Fantasy, the Middle East historian turned diplomat turned Israeli politician, Michael Oren, reflected on the chosen title. These three themes had guided the American adventure in the region power or “the pursuit of American interests,” faith or “the impact of religion in the shaping of American attitudes and policies,” and finally fantasy, “the idea of the Middle East has always enchanted Americans.” To be fair to America, it was hardly unique in its fantasies. In his magnum opus, The Chatham House Version, Elie Kedourie had aptly diagnosed the British fantasy “all those episodes show successive and cumulative manifestations of illusion, misjudgment, and failure.” Nowhere has this been truer than in the Holy Land.


Samuel Tadros: Arab Narratives On Zionism Are False

interview with Samuel Tadrosvia Arutz Sheva
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Samuel Tadros discusses the success of Israel.

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Obituary: Mohamed Morsi

by Samuel Tadrosvia The Washington Examiner
Thursday, June 20, 2019
The rise and fall of Mohamed Morsi, who died last week at age 67, captured the tribulation of the Arab Spring.
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To Improve Its Middle East Policy, The U.S. Must Look Beyond States

quoting Samuel Tadrosvia Mosaic Magazine
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

While the Middle East remains as messy as ever, writes  Samuel Tadros, Washington cannot afford to ignore its problems even though it cannot solve them. It can, however, improve its approach to the region.