ABU YU’ANNIS (late 10th or early 11th c.)

A Canonist. Abu Yu’annis (or Yunis) ibn ‘Abdallah prepared a collection of law (in 48 headings) by gathering materials from (probably) Coptic and translating them into Arabic. This work was incorporated into the compendium of the monk Maqara (active before 1350), who reports that he found it in a manuscript dated to 1028. If this is correct, then Abu becomes one of the pioneers of Copto- literature, a figure marking the beginning of a trajectory that finds its culmination in the work of al-Safi ibn al-‘Assal or of Maqara, two and three centuries later respectively.