About this item
Number of Pages: 226
Genre: Religion + Beliefs
Sub-Genre: Christian Church
Series Title: Popes of Egypt
Publisher: American University in Cairo Press
Book theme: History
Author: Mark N Swanson
Street Date: September 15, 2010
Item Number (DPCI): 247-77-4820
In Volume 1 of this series, Stephen Davis contended that the themes of "apostolicity, martyrdom, monastic patronage, and theological resistance" were determinative for the cultural construction of Egyptian church leadership in late antiquity. Volume 2, The Coptic Papacy in Islamic Egypt, shows that the medieval Coptic popes (641-1517 CE) were regularly portrayed as standing in continuity with their saintly predecessors; however, at the same time, they were active in creating something new, the Coptic Orthodox Church, a community that struggled to preserve a distinctive life and witness within the new Islamic world order. Building on recent advances in the study of sources for Coptic church history, the present volume aims to show how portrayals of the medieval popes provide a window into the religious and social life of their community.
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