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Marcus Simaika: Father of Coptic Archaeology

Samir Simaika and Nevine Henein


Marcus Pasha Simaika (1864–1944) was born to a prominent Coptic family on the eve of the inauguration of the Suez Canal and the British occupation of Egypt. From a young age he developed a passion for Coptic heritage and devoted his life to shedding light on centuries of Christian Egyptian history. His achievement lies in his role as a visionary administrator who used his status to pursue relentlessly his dream of founding a Coptic Museum and preserving endangered monuments. During his lengthy career—first as a civil servant, then as a legislator and member of the Coptic community council—Marc ... More

Keywords: heritage studies, Egypt, Coptic archaeology, Egyptian–British interactions, Marcus Simaika, Coptic community, Muslims, Copts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9789774168239
Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774168239.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Samir Simaika, author

Nevine Henein, author