The Coptic Papacy in Islamic Egypt, 641–1517

The Popes of Egypt, Volume 2

Mark N. Swanson

  An authoritative account of the Coptic Papacy in Egypt from the coming of Islam to the onset of the Ottoman era, by a leading religious stud

English edition
1 September 2022
248 pp.
15X23cm
ISBN 9781649032461
For sale worldwide

29.95

 

An authoritative account of the Coptic Papacy in Egypt from the coming of Islam to the onset of the Ottoman era, by a leading religious studies scholar, new in paperback

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. This second volume 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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Mark N. Swanson

Mark N.  Swanson is Harold S. Vogelaar professor of Christian–Muslim studies and interfaith relations at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.
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