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Christianity and monasticism have flourished along the Nile Valley in the Aswan region of Upper Egypt and in what was once Nubia, from as early as the fourth century until the present day. The contributors to this volume, international specialists in Coptology from around the world, examine various aspects of Coptic civilization in Aswan and Nubia over the past centuries. The complexity of Christian identity in Nubia, as distinct from Egypt, is examined in the context of church ritual and architecture. Many of the studies explore Coptic material culture: inscriptions, art, architecture, and archaeology; and language and literature. The archaeological and artistic heritage of monastic sites in Edfu, Aswan, Makuria, and Kom Ombo are highlighted, attesting to their important legacies in the region.
Gawdat Gabra is the former director of the Coptic Museum and the author, coauthor, or editor of numerous books on the history and culture of Egyptian Christianity, including The Treasures of Coptic Art (AUC Press, 2006) and The History and Religious Heritage of Old Cairo (AUC Press, 2011). He is currently visiting professor of Coptic studies at Claremont Graduate University, California.
Hany N. Takla is the founding president of the Saint Shenouda the Archimandrite Coptic Society.
Table of Contents
Language and Literature
Coptic Ostraca from Hagr Edfu Anke Ilona Blöbaum
Imagining Macedonius, the First Bishop of Philae James E. Goehring
Apa Hidra in Difnar Nashaat Mekhaiel
Christianity on Philae Samuel Moawad
The Indexing of Manuscripts of the Monastery of the Great Saint Pachomius in Edfu Fr. Angeleous el-Naqlouny
Beginnings of Christianity in Nubia Siegfried G. Richter
A Foreshadowing of the Desert Spirituality in Ancient Nubia and Upper Egypt Ashraf Alexandre Sadek
Contested Frontiers: Southern Egypt and Northern Nubia, AD 300-1500: The Evidence of the Inscriptions Jacques van der Vliet
The Veneration of the Saints in Aswan and Nubia Youhanna Nessim Youssef
Art, Archaeology and material Culture
Dayr al-Kubbaniya: Review of the Documentation on the 'Isisberg' Monastery Renate Dekker
The Development of the Church at Dayr Anba Hadra: A Study of the Plasterwork and Dated Inscriptions Renate Dekker
An Updated Plan of the Church at Dayr Qubbat al-Hawa Renate Dekker
The Christian Wall Paintings from the Temple of Isis at Aswan Revisited Jitse H.F. Dijkstra and Gertrud J.M. van Loon
The Monastic Life in Makuria W Christian Aswan in the Modern Era and the History of Its Cathedral Metropolitan Hidra
The Word and the Flesh Karel C. Innemée
The Ascension Scene in the Apse of the Church at Dayr Qubbat al-Hawwa: A Comparative Study Mary Kupelian
The Nubian Marble Object Preserved in Dayr al-Surian in Wadi al-Natrun Bishop Martyros
The Digital 3D Virtual Reconstruction of the Monastic Church Qubbat al-Hawa Howard Middleton-Jones
Coptic Objects in the Aswan and Nubia Museums Atif Naguib
Sources for the Study of Late Antique and Early Medieval Hagr Edfu Elisabeth O'Connell
Christianity in Kom Ombo Adel Sadek
Identification of the Monastery of Nubians in Wadi al-Natrun Fr. Bigoul al-Suriany
Monneret de Villard (1881-1954) and Nubia Fr. Awad Wadi
Preservation The Conservation of the Mural Paintings of Anba Hatra Monastery Ashraf Nageh