A in Cairo in 1549. Information about Abu al-Muna comes from two manuscript colophons. In A.M. 1266/1549-1550, he acquired a manuscript now in the , 240, one of the most precious manuscripts of this period for the number of unique or rare texts it presents, among them , by , by AGATHON OF HOMS, and by . Revealing remarkable artistic talent, he added seven folios and . He records on fol. 260r that he was a minister of the Church of the Virgin of Qasriyyat al-Rayhan at (sic) in . (pp. 199-200) misread this and calls him .

The same year, A.M. 1266 ( read 1166), he transcribed a bilingual in Coptic and Arabic which contained the three eucharistic liturgies (, , and Cyril), the office of incense, and the rite of the filling of the chalice. This manuscript is now lost, but it was at the of Cairo, in Harit Zuwaylah, in 1578-1579, where the qummus (see ) Fadlallah found it and copied it. In January/February 1675 this copy was used as the model for the manuscript of the Coptic Patriarchate, Cairo ( 331; Simaykah, no. 790).

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