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Egypt's Copts make up one of the oldest and largest Christian communities in the Middle East. Yet despite the availability of a large number of books on aspects of Coptic culture, including art and architecture, monasticism, theology, and music, there is to date no single volume that provides a comprehensive cultural history of the Copts and their achievements.Coptic Civilizationaims to fill this gap, by introducing the general reader, the interested non-specialist, to Coptic culture in all its variety and multi-faceted richness. With contributions by twenty scholars,CopticCivilizationincludes chapters on monasticism, the Coptic language, Coptic literature, Christian Arabic literature, the objects and documents of daily life, magic, art and architecture, and textiles, as well as the history of Coptic Church, its liturgy, theology, and music.
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.
Table of Contents
History Historiography Samuel Moawad Coptic Church History Youhanna Nessim Youssef Monasticism Mark Sheridan
Theology, Liturgy, and Music Alexandrian Theology from Athanasius the Great (326-73) to Timothy II (458-77): A Historical Survey of Coptic Orthodox Theology Lois Farag Liturgy in the Coptic Church Youhanna Nessim Youssef Coptic Music Culture: Tradition-Structure and Variation Magdalena Kuhn
Language and Literature The Coptic Language Ewa D. Zakrzewska Gnosticism and Manichaeism in Egypt Marvin Meyer The Coptic Bible Hany N. Takla Coptic Literature Youhanna Nessim Youssef Daily Life: Documentary Evidence Tonio Sebastian Richter Warding Off Evil, Attracting Charm: Magic in Late-antique and Early-medieval Egypt Jacques van der Vliet Copto-Arabic Literature Mark N. Swanson
Art, Archaeology, and Material Culture The Discovery of Christian Egypt: From Manuscript Hunters Toward an Archaeology of Late-antique Egypt Elisabeth R. O'Connell Christian Architecture in Egypt Peter Grossmann Decoration of Coptic Churches Gertrud J.M. van Loon Objects of Daily Life Dominique Bénazeth Egypt's Post-pharaonic Textiles Cäcilia Fluck and Gisele Helmecke
Renaissance of the Coptic Church The Coptic Church Today Nelly van Doorn-Harder Contemporary Coptic Art Monica René Coptic Civilization in the Diaspora Saad Michael Saad