Christianity and Monasticism in Middle Egypt

Christianity and Monasticism in Middle Egypt

Gawdat Gabra and Hany Takla

Print publication date: 2017

ISBN: 9789774166631

Publisher: American University in Cairo Press


Christianity and monasticism have long flourished along the Nile in Middle Egypt, the region stretching from al-Bahnasa (Oxyrhynchus) to Dayr al-Ganadla. The contributors to this volume, international specialists in Coptology from around the world, examine various aspects of Coptic civilization in Middle Egypt over the past two millennia, including examining the Christian heritage of important sites in Egypt, including Oxyrhynchos (al-Bahnasa); the sites of Antinoë, Hermopolis (al-Ashmunayn), and al-Shaykh Saʻid; Bawit; Dayr al-Muharraq; and Asyut. The studies explore Coptic art and archaeology, architecture, language, and literature. The artistic heritage of monastic sites in the region is highlighted, attesting to their important legacies.

Table of Contents

12 John of Lykopolis

Mark Sheridan

16 Snippets from the Past

Jacques van der Vliet

18 L⋆ as a Secret Language

Ewa D. Zakrzewska

21 Recent Excavations at Bawit

Gisèle Hadji-Minaglou

24 Al-Shaykh Sa‘id Revisited

Gertrud J.M. van Loon

26 The Monastery of the Holy Virgin Mary at al-Muharraq, Mount Qusqam: Reflections of Its Monks Today

Fr. Philoxenos al-Muharraqi and a group of the monastery’s monks

27 An Overview of Rock-cut Coptic Sites in Asyut

Ashraf Nageh and Mary Kupelian