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Coptic Identity and Ayyubid Politics in Egypt: 1218–1250

Kurt J. Werthmuller


Using the life and writings of Cyril III Ibn Laqlaq, 75th patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church, along with a variety of Christian and Muslim chroniclers, this study explores the identity and context of the Christian community of Egypt and its relations with the leadership of the Ayyubid dynasty in the early thirteenth century. The book introduces new scholarship that illuminates the varied relationships between medieval Christians of Egypt and their Muslim neighbors. Demonstrating that the Coptic community was neither passive nor static, the book discusses the active role played by the Copt ... More

Keywords: Cyril III Ibn Laqlaq, Coptic Orthodox Church, Christianity, Muslim, Ayyubid dynasty, Copts, Coptic community, patriarchal authority, religious conversion, monasticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9789774163456
Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774163456.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kurt J. Werthmuller, author