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The Coptic Papacy in Islamic Egypt (641–1517)The Popes of Egypt: A History of the Coptic Church and Its Patriarchs Volume 2$
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Mark N. Swanson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789774160936

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774160936.001.0001

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Seven Marginalized Patriarchs

Seven Marginalized Patriarchs

Athanasius III(#76,1250–1261)

Gabriel III(#77,1268–1271)

John VII(#78,1262–1268,1271–1293)

Theodosius II(#79,1294–1300)

John VIII(#80,1300–1320)

John IX(#81,1320–1327)

Benjamin II(#82,1327–1339)

Peter V(#83,1340–1348)

Mark IV(#84,1348–1363)

John X(#85,1363–1369)

Gabriel IV(#86,1370–1378)

(p.97) Seven Marginalized Patriarchs
The Coptic Papacy in Islamic Egypt (641–1517)

Mark N. Swanson

American University in Cairo Press

The Egyptian Melkite Church elected a new patriarch in the year 1250, and leading Copts realized that they would be placed at a disadvantage over the governing authorities if they could not produce a patriarch of their own. The election of a new patriarch quickly became bogged down in the rivalry between the lay notables of Misr (Old Cairo) and those of al-Qahirah (Cairo). The history of the Patriarchs and the patriarchal history attributed to Yusab give little information; there is a detailed passage about patriarchs Gabriel III and John VII in al-Nahj al-sadid wa-l-durr al-farid fima ba'd Tarikh Ibn al-'Amid. The correct way and singular pearl concern came after the History of Ibn al-'Amid', a chronicle of the years 1260—1341 by the Coptic historian al-Mufaddal ibn Abi l-Fada'i.

Keywords:   Melkite, Yusab, authorities, singular pearl, historian

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