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The Coptic Papacy in Islamic Egypt

The Coptic Papacy in Islamic Egypt
Mark N. Swanson

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In Volume 1 of this series, Stephen Davis contended that the themes of "apostolicity, martyrdom, monastic patronage, and theological resistance" were determinative for the cultural construction of Egyptian church leadership in late antiquity. Volume 2, The Coptic Papacy in Islamic Egypt, shows that the medieval Coptic popes (641-1517 CE) were regularly portrayed as standing in continuity with their saintly predecessors; however, at the same time, they were active in creating something new, the Coptic Orthodox Church, a community that struggled to preserve a distinctive life and witness within the new Islamic world order. Building on recent advances in the study of sources for Coptic church history, the present volume aims to show how portrayals of the medieval popes provide a window into the religious and social life of their community.

Author Info

Mark N. Swanson is the Harold S. Vogelaar Professor of Christian - Muslim Studies and Interfaith Relations at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He taught in Cairo between 1984 and 1998, and has written numerous articles and chapters in the fields of Arabic Christian literature, early Christian-Muslim encounter, and the history of the Egyptian Christian community in the Middle Ages. He recently co-edited The Encounter of Eastern Christianity with Early Islam.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: The American University in Cairo Press
Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
Series: Popes of Egypt: A History of the Coptic Church and Its Patriarchs

ISBN: 9789774160936
Publication Date: 01 Dec 2007
Number of Pages: 192
Height: 229
Width: 152
Illustrations: 10 b/w illustrations

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