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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

Mark N. Swanson


In Volume 1 of this series, Stephen Davis contended that the themes of “apostolicity, martyrdom, monastic patronage, and theological resistance” were determinative for the cultural construction of Egyptian church leadership in late antiquity. This book, Volume 2, shows that the medieval Coptic popes (641–1517 ce) were regularly portrayed as standing in continuity with their saintly predecessors; however, at the same time, they were active in creating something new, the Coptic Orthodox Church, a community that struggled to preserve a distinctive life and witness within the new Islamic world ord ... More

Keywords: Coptic popes, Coptic church, medieval popes, apostolicity, martyrdom, monastic patronage, theological resistance, Egyptian church, late antiquity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9789774160936
Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774160936.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark N. Swanson, author