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Christianity and Monasticism in Middle Egypt$
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Gawdat Gabra and Hany Takla

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9789774166631

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774166631.001.0001

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The Monastery of the Holy Virgin Mary at al-Muharraq, Mount Qusqam: History and Heritage (Reflections of Its Monks)

The Monastery of the Holy Virgin Mary at al-Muharraq, Mount Qusqam: History and Heritage (Reflections of Its Monks)

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(p.77) 8 The Monastery of the Holy Virgin Mary at al-Muharraq, Mount Qusqam: History and Heritage (Reflections of Its Monks)
Source:
Christianity and Monasticism in Middle Egypt
Author(s):

Fr. Angelos al-Muharraqi

, a group of the monastery’s monks
Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774166631.003.0008

The history of the Coptic Orthodox Church makes no mention of the monastic community or the Holy Virgin Church in the Qusqam region until the fourteenth century AD. However, manuscripts and documentation preserved in the monastery prove that there were both activity and continuity of life in the Church of the Holy Virgin Mary in Qusqam before this. In 1986, a group of the monastery monks was formed to study the history, archeology, and monastic life in the Qusqam region from the time of the dwelling of the Holy Family there to the present day. This chapter presents the monks' reflections on the history of this great monastery, tracing all the documents that the monks were able to find about its origin and development.

Keywords:   Church of the Holy Virgin Mary, Qusqam, monastic community, monastic life, monks, Christianity, monastery

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