Disclaimer: Forgive me if the below question comes off as stupid or ignorant, as I am admittadly ignorant of many parts of Arabic culture.
Today while standing bored at work (I was doing a demo on toilet bowl cleaner. Not a big crowd pleaser) the local Coptic Orthodox priest came by and I began thinking about the thread on Arab Orthodoxy from a few weeks ago.
It has been said that the Antiochian Orthodox Church is more Byzantine in style than Arabic. As Coptic Orthodoxy truly is Arabic, if Antioch was to return to her Arab roots, would it resemble that of the Coptic Orthodox? (I realize Syria and Egypt are different countries, so forgive me if I am over-generalizing. I don't like it when people put Russia and Ukraine in the same bucket, so I don't want to cause the same offense to others.)
The question of Coptic being Arabic is as frought as the issue of Ukraine and Russia-only worse.
When I am in Egypt (alas, the last time being too long ago) or among Copts, they have trouble seeig me as Arab but see me as "one of us," i.e. Copt. I don't have any problem with Copts. I speak their language (more on that below), go to their Churches, pray for their Pope daily, almost married a Coptic girl. A Copt is my son's godmother (her father is an EO deacon, btw). But I'm not one of them.
They have a problem diassociatig Arab from Islam. Unlike the Levant and Iraq, Arabs are an import in Egypt. The Copts are the original Egyptians, and were not part of the Arab world (by irony, the name of Egypt in Arabic comes from the word for "borderland," just as Ukraine's etymology).
The Coptic language is related to Arabic, but only distantly, like Ukrainian and English. Coptic is actually spoken hieroglyphics: when we went to the Coptic Church, I told my sons that they were speaking "mummy."
It is only with the advent of Islam that the Copts became any way associated with Arabic culture. Except, of course, that our mother was a Copt, Hagar. It is different with the Syriac Church, which might be a better comparison. We used to use Syriac, a much closer relative, and much of the vocabulary, even in the Quran
comes from Syriac. The Syriac rites and the rites of Arab Orthodox Antioch were the same until the absentee Patriarch "of Antioch" Theodore Balsamon (born, lived, and died IIRC in Constantinople, never having set foot in his patriarchate) suppressed them in Antioch (and in Egypt) around 1200. Hence why the Arab Orthodox are Constantinoplean rather than Antiochean. The OO Copts and Syriacs, btw, not being affected by this are very different from each other.
Also, why is it that those in Palestine who are Eastern Orthodox are considered "Greek Orthodox" even though they are under the Patriarch of Jerusalem? Why has an Arabic expression of Orthodoxy been taken away from the Palestinians? (Or maybe I'm completely wrong on this too?)
This dates back to when the Turkish sultan consecrated the EP as the head of all the subject Christians of the empire, and the Phanar was born. Greek Orthodox is the English term: in Arabic we say "Ruumii"-Roman, because of the association with the former empire. The first crypto-Christian Roman emperor was Philip the Arab, and the Arab emperor Leo III repulsed the Muslims from Constantinople (being helped by the Arab Christians switching sides), and reformulated the law code in the Ekloga (he unfortunately also started iconoclasm). The place has basically been run for pilgrims/tourists, with no regard to a local Church.