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Coptic Identity and Ayyubid Politics in Egypt1218–1250$
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Kurt J. Werthmuller

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789774163456

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774163456.001.0001

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Monks and Monasticism

Monks and Monasticism

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(p.103) 5 Monks and Monasticism
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Coptic Identity and Ayyubid Politics in Egypt
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Kurt J. Werthmuller

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774163456.003.0006

This chapter provides an examination of the unique role that monasticism occupied during the front line of defense of Coptic identity as a unique Egyptian identity. The popularity of monasticism definitely stayed applicable to Egypt itself wherein successive centuries of remarkable religious, social, and political changes, monasticism continued to play a central role. On the other hand, Coptic monasticism was in practice rarely a removed or secretive world, despite its theoretical ideals and reputation for withdrawal and isolation. Instead, it often maintained a surprisingly active and often personal relationship with local authorities and dynastic rulers. Despite the familiarity of the Muslim authorities in the monasteries of the Coptic community, still, their attitudes are not in better sympathy. Furthermore, the concerns of Cyril ibn Laqlaq in the document for the monks at St. Anthony are presented here.

Keywords:   monasticism, Coptic identity, political changes, local authorities, dynastic rulers, monks

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