Seventh-century biographer of the fortieth , . He was born in (Sebennytus), a city dating from dynastic times that still exists on the left bank of the Damietta branch of the Nile in Province. Isaac appears in the by Sawirus ibn al-Muqaffa‘ as the secretary and close disciple of III, his spiritual father. Isaac is described as “a wise man, loving of his fellows, learned in the Scriptures, and virtuous.”

Toward the end of the biography, it is said that the dying patriarch sailed to Alexandria, “and the writer of this history [Isaac the Deacon] was with him, for he was his spiritual son.” The biography, which must have been written in Coptic, includes details concerning the and anti- in Egypt as well as the relations between the church and the Yazid I, Mu‘awiyah II, Marwan I, and ‘Abd al-Malik.


  • Kamil Salih Nakhlah. Kitab Tarikh wa-Jadawil Batarikat al- Iskandariyyah al-Qibt. Cairo, 1943.

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