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Christianity and Monasticism in Wadi al-NatrunEssays from the 2002 International Symposium of the Saint Mark Foundation and the Saint Shenouda the Archimandrite Coptic Society$
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Maged S.A. Mikhail and Mark Moussa

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789774162602

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774162602.001.0001

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Wādī Al-naṭrūn and the History of the Patriarchs of Alexandria

Wādī Al-naṭrūn and the History of the Patriarchs of Alexandria

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Christianity and Monasticism in Wadi al-Natrun

Maged S.A. Mikhail

Mark Moussa

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter deals with the mention of the area in The History of the Patriarchs of Alexandria, also recounting interesting historical events that were witnessed there by the authors of this important historical work. It specifically sheds some light on the monasteries and monks of the Wādī al-Naṭrūn as they are mentioned and described in the History of the Patriarchs of Alexandria. It then concentrates on the period of the Fatimids (969–1171 A.D.), which is generally considered one of the periods in which the Coptic community flourished. Next, it presents a number of remarks on the patriarchs Christodoulos and Cyril II, and on what their biographer, Mawhūb, has to say about them and about the monks and the monasteries of the Wādī al-Naṭrūn in their days. It also considers Saint Bishoi, Dayr al-Suryān, Saint John the Little, Saint Macarius, Baramūs, and Saint John Kamā. It is shown that Mawhūb was very much at home in several of its monasteries.

Keywords:   Wādī al-Naṭrūn, History of the Patriarchs of Alexandria, Fatimids, Coptic community, Christodoulos, Cyril II, patriarchs, Mawhūb

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