Roger S. Bagnall is professor of classics and history at Columbia University and director of the excavations at Amheida (Dakhla Oasis). He is the author of Egypt in Late Antiquity (1993) and co-author of Chronological Systems of Byzantine Egypt (2004).
Dominique Bénazeth is curator in the Coptic section of the Egyptian department of the Louvre Museum. Since 2002, she has led the Louvre-IFAO excavations in Bawit.
Anne Boud'hors is a CNRS researcher at the Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes, Paris. Her specialties are Coptic language, literature, and manuscripts. She has edited several catalogs of biblical fragments. She is currently working on Shenute's Canons 8 and on documentary ostraca from the Theban area.
Ramez W. Boutros is an architect and researcher at the Institut Français d'Archéologie Orientale (IFAO) in Cairo. He has written numerous articles on the history and monuments of pilgrimage sites. His main focus of study is Coptic pilgrimages in Egypt in the medieval period.
Karl-Heinz Brune was for several years a teaching fellow at the University of Münster, and has published on the history and art history of late antique Egypt. He is currently a freelancer at the Institute for Egyptology and Coptology in Münster.
Barbara Czaja-Szewczak is an archaeologist and a conservator of ancient textiles at the Textile Restoration Studio of the Wilanow Museum Palace in Warsaw. Since 1998 she has participated in the Polish Archaeological Mission in Naqlun. She is the author of several articles on textiles from Naqlun.
(p.xii) Stephen J. Davis is associate professor of religious studies at Yale University, specializing in the history of Christianity and late antiquity. He is author of The Early Coptic Papacy: The Egyptian Church and Its Leadership in Late Antiquity (2004), and co-author of Be Thou There: The Holy Family's Journey in Egypt (2001).
Stephen Emmel is professor of Coptology at the University of Münster, Germany. He is the director of an international project to edit and translate the complete works of Shenoute.
Cäcilia Fluck is an independent consultant for the Museum of Byzantine Art in Berlin. She has published books and articles on Egyptian epigraphy and archaeology, particularly textiles, of the late antique and early Christian period.
Włodzimierz Godlewski is professor of archaeology at Warsaw University. He directs the Polish Center in Cairo excavations in Naqlun and in Old Dongola in Sudan. He is the author of several publications on archaeology and the history of Christian Nubia and Egypt.
C. Wilfred Griggs is the director of the Brigham Young University (BYU) excavation project in the Fayoum and is professor of ancient studies at BYU. He is the author of Early Egyptian Christianity (2000), as well as other books and articles on related subjects.
Peter Grossmann is a retired member of the German Institute of Archaeology (DAI) in Cairo and vice president of the Société d'Archéologie Copte. Suzana Hodak has worked on several aspects of Coptic art, especially on textiles, but also on late antique, early Christian, and Byzantine art. She is a teaching fellow at the Institute for Classical Archaeology and Early Christian Archaeology in Münster.
Alexei Krol is deputy director of the Center for Egyptological Studies (CES) at the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS). He is the author of several articles and a book on the sed-festival. He is currently working with the CES RAS archaeological projects at Memphis, Dayr al-Banat, Luxor, and Alexandria.
Anetta Łyżwa-Piber is affiliated with the Polish Center of Mediterranean Archaeology, Warsaw University. Since 2000, she has worked with the Polish Archaeological Mission in Naqlun and has been a member of the Qasr Dakhla Project (part of the Dakhla Oasis Project) since 2003. She specializes in basketry and Islamic pottery.
Ewa Parandowska is head of the conservation studio at the National Museum in Warsaw and for over thirty years has cooperated with the Polish Center of Mediterranean Archaeology of Warsaw Universty and other foreign archaeological projects working in Egypt, Sudan, Syria, Cyprus, and Italy. She is the author of several publications on the conservation of wall paintings and sculptures.
Siegfried G. Richter teaches Coptic and Oriental studies in Münster and Bonn, and in 2004 and 2005 served a temporary appointment as professor in Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. He is the author of several books and articles on history, culture, and religion in late antique Egypt and Nubia.
(p.xiii) Marie-Hélène Rutschowscaya is curator of the Coptic section in the Egyptian department of the Louvre Museum. She has written on textiles, paintings, and wooden objects and managed several Coptic exhibitions. She is currently carrying out excavation work in the Monastery of Bawit.
Sofia Schaten studied Coptology at the Westfälische Wilhelms-University in Münster She is currently working on a publication of the Coptic ostraca found at Elephantine and has written several articles. She co-edited the festschrifts for Martin Krause in 1995 and Peter Grossmann in 1998, and the new journal Eastern Christian Art (2004).
Zuzana Skálová is a freelance specialist in the conservation of icons and their technical art history. Since 1988 she has worked and lectured in Egypt on the restoration of medieval icons. In 1993 she established the Foundation for the Conservation of Icons in the Middle East.
Father Bigoul el-Souriany is a Coptic monk and scholar, and curator of manuscripts at the library of the Syrian Monastery in Wadi al-Natrun, responsible for the monastery's conservation, restoration, and excavation projects. He is the author of several books on Coptic history.
Jacques van der Vliet is assistant professor of Coptic language and literature at the University of Leiden, and the author of books and articles on various aspects of Coptic heritage. He is a member of the Polish archaeological mission in Naqlun, and a participant in various epigraphic and papyrological projects.
Youhanna Nessim Youssef is senior research associate at the Centre for Early Christian Studies, Australian Catholic University. He is currently editing the Coptic and Copto-Arabic corpus of Severus of Antioch, and is the author of several books and articles on Coptic literature, history, liturgy, and art, and Christian Arabic studies. (p.xiv)