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Christianity and Monasticism in the Fayoum OasisEssays from the 2004 International Symposium of the Saint Mark Foundation and the Saint Shenouda the Archimandrite Coptic Society in Honor of Martin Krause$
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Gawdat Gabra

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9789774248924

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774248924.001.0001

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Tradition Veiled in a Postmodern Form: Commemorative Art in the Shrine of Anba Abraam

Tradition Veiled in a Postmodern Form: Commemorative Art in the Shrine of Anba Abraam

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(p.265) 23 Tradition Veiled in a Postmodern Form: Commemorative Art in the Shrine of Anba Abraam
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Christianity and Monasticism in the Fayoum Oasis
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Gawdat Gabra

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774248924.003.0023

This chapter examines the commemorative art in the shrine of Saint Anba Abraam in the monastery of Dayr al-Azab in the Fayoum Oasis in Egypt. It explains that Anba Abraam served as the bishop of Fayoum, Beni Suef, and Giza between 1881 and 1914, became venerated as a living saint. Saint Anba Abraam's feast day, 3 Baunah in the Coptic Synaxarion, is also commemorated each year with a mulid. During this festival of ancient ancestry, the pilgrims come together for the religious service, to beseech the saint's capacities as a healer of soul and body.

Keywords:   Anba Abraam, saint, shrines, bishops, feast day, pilgrimage, Fayoum Oasis, Egypt

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