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The Early Coptic PapacyThe Egyptian Church and Its Leadership in Late Antiquity$
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Stephen J. Davis

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9789774248306

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774248306.001.0001

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Contesting the Alexandrian Papacy

Contesting the Alexandrian Papacy

Ecclesiastical “Colonialism” and the Egyptian Church from 451 to the Rise of Islam (Dioscorus I to Benjamin I)

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The Early Coptic Papacy

Stephen J. Davis

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter examines the history of ecclesiastical colonialism and the challenges faced by the Egyptian Church during the period from 451 to the rise of Islam. It aims to provide a better understanding of how the social and theological identity of the Egyptian papacy was conditioned by imperialist discourses of power and by the complications of political resistance. It also traces the circuitous history of the papal resistance to the Chalcedonian Church up to the Arab conquest of Egypt in 642, an event that ultimately reshuffled the political landscape for Egyptian Christians and posed new possibilities and new challenges for Coptic papal leadership.

Keywords:   ecclesiastical colonialism, Egyptian Church, Islam, Egyptian papacy, social identity, theological identity, Chalcedonian Church, Arab conquest, Egypt

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