One of several Alexandrian splinter groups of those who, because they had rejected the communion of their patriarch, were known as (headless). They separated themselves from the in the latter part of the under Emperor . In the patriarchate of (705-730), of Sa converted the Barsanuphians at al-Muna to orthodoxy.

At the beginning of the ninth century , , baptized the two leaders of the Barsanuphians, George and his son , at the Church of the Martyr Saint at Maryut. The rest of the Barsanuphians then followed their leaders back into the communion of the church.

The Barsanuphius from whom the sect derived its name was not BARSANUPHIUS the monk but a pretender to the episcopal rank.


  • Neale, J. M. A History of the Holy : The Patriarchate of Alexandria, Vol. 2, pp. 22, 137. London, 1847.

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