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Christianity and Monasticism in Northern EgyptBeni Suef, Giza, Cairo, and the Nile Delta$
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Gawdat Gabra and Hany N. Takla

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9789774167775

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774167775.001.0001

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Saint Mina Monastery in Arabic Sources

Saint Mina Monastery in Arabic Sources

(p.21) 3 Saint Mina Monastery in Arabic Sources
Christianity and Monasticism in Northern Egypt

Sherin Sadek El Gendi

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter focuses on an important monastic site in the region, the St. Mina Monastery. It begins with a short historical introduction to St. Mina, the meaning of his name, his feasts, and his monasteries and churches in Mareotis west of Alexandria, in Fumm al-Khalig, in the Delta, and in Upper Egypt according to the Arabic sources. St. Mina the Egyptian, or the Miracle Worker, is one of the most important Coptic saints in Egypt from the Roman period. His monuments are visited by a large number of believers, and a large artistic collection, discovered in his monastery in Mareotis, is displayed in Coptic monasteries, Coptic churches, the Coptic Museum in Cairo, and other international archaeological museums.

Keywords:   Christianity, monasticism, monastic sites, St. Mina Monastery, Coptic saints

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