In 1928-1932 the founded a convent in the of Cairo, where they started to form a library around which, in 1953, they established the . It was opened to both Coptic and Muslim scholars under the directorship of . Born into a Christian family in Egypt, Anawati distinguished himself as a specialist in Muslim thought and culture and civilization. He participated with the Copts in the organization of the ecumenical movement. Numerous of that convent such as de and have fought for the reinstatement of the Coptic rite in the offered to their followers.

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