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Christianity and Monasticism in the Fayoum OasisEssays from the 2004 International Symposium of the Saint Mark Foundation and the Saint Shenouda the Archimandrite Coptic Society in Honor of Martin Krause$
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Gawdat Gabra

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9789774248924

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774248924.001.0001

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The Importance of the Fayoum for Coptic Studies

The Importance of the Fayoum for Coptic Studies

(p.1) 1 The Importance of the Fayoum for Coptic Studies
Christianity and Monasticism in the Fayoum Oasis

Gawdat Gabra

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter discusses the importance of the Fayoum Oasis in Egypt for Coptic studies. It explains that the Fayoum Oasis is an ancient cultivated landscape whose history was connected with changes in the level and area of Birkat Qarun and the earliest substantial traces of human activity in this region reach back to the Palaeolithic era. It provides a summary of ancient evidence regarding both the roots of Christian culture and the vestiges of non-Christian culture in the Fayoum.

Keywords:   Fayoum Oasis, Egypt, Coptic studies, Birkat Qarun, Palaeolithic era, Christian culture

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