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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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The Library of the Monastery of the Archangel Michael at Phantoou (al-Hamuli)

The Library of the Monastery of the Archangel Michael at Phantoou (al-Hamuli)

(p.63) 6 The Library of the Monastery of the Archangel Michael at Phantoou (al-Hamuli)
Christianity and Monasticism in the Fayoum Oasis

Gawdat Gabra

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter examines the so-called Hamuli manuscripts to understand better the history of Christianity and monasticism in the Fayoum Oasis region in Egypt. These manuscripts belong to a monastery dedicated to the Archangel Michael and its site was located on the western edge of the Fayoum called Phantoou. One of the most important works contained in these manuscripts is The Life of St. Samuel of Qalamun. It provides valuable insight into the experiences of Fayoum Christians around the time of the Arab conquest in the middle of the seventh century.

Keywords:   Hamuli manuscripts, Christianity, monasticism, Fayoum Oasis, Egypt, monastery, Archangel Michael, Phantoou, The Life of St. Samuel of Qalamun

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