This institute was founded by Aziz , assisted by and Sami Gabra, on 21 January 1954 in a building at Ruwais belonging to the Coptic patriarchate. The aim was to launch a study program in Coptology, a field long neglected in . The institute’s sections are Theology, Coptic and Literature, , Coptic and , Sociology, Studies, , Coptic Music, and Coptic .

The institute holds a specialized library that offers research opportunities in Coptic studies. The most flourishing sections are that of the Coptic Music, which documented the music of the under Ragheb , and of under , whose icons have spread to most of the in Egypt, the , , , and Europe.

The institute has awarded doctoral degrees to many researchers under the auspices of Pope .

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