Arabic literature

Searching for Shenoute: A Copto-Arabic Homilary in Paris, BN arabe 4796

Searching for Shenoute: A Copto-Arabic Homilary in Paris, BN arabe 4796 Introduction and Review Will students of the Arabic literature of the Copts be able to contribute to the current intensive study of the literary corpus of St. Shenoute the Archimandrite? The idea that they might is by no means farfetched. After all, Arabic recensions …

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Discerning the True Religion in Late Fourteenth-Century Egypt

Discerning the True Religion in Late Fourteenth-Century Egypt: Pages from the Dayr al-Muharraq Edition of al-Hawi by al-Makin Jirjis ibn al-‘Amid Introduction In recent years, Dayr al-Muharraq has shared some of its riches with the wider world through the publication of transcriptions of manuscripts from the monastery’s library. As examples, I can point to the …

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Coptic Encyclopedia

COPTIC ENCYCLOPEDIA (Atiya, Aziz Suryal, ed., 8 vols., New York: Macmillan, 1991). It is undoubtedly the most important reference tool for Coptic studies. The encyclopedia comprises approximately 2,800 entries signed by 215 scholars. They cover almost all aspects of Christianity in Egypt and as such represent an essential reference tool for anyone interested in Egypt’s …

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Copto-Arabic Literature

COPTO-ARABIC LITERATURE This entry consists of four parts. The first addresses the origins and development of the Arabic literature of the Copts. This is followed by introductions to three Copto-Arabic literary genres—hagiography, apocalyptic, and popular catechesis—for which texts are usually of anonymous authorship, and therefore unlikely to be otherwise addressed in a dictionary arranged largely …

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Al-Wajih Yuhanna Al-Qalyubi (?-After 1271)

AL-WAJIH YUHANNA AL-QALYUBI (?-after 1271) A Biblical and Coptic scholar. Al-Wajih Yuhanna ibn Mikha’il ibn Sadaqa al-Qalyubi is a rather overlooked figure of the “golden age” of Copto-Arabic literature, despite his connection to well-known scholars such as al-Mu’taman ibn al-‘Assal, and despite his extensive scholarly output, which includes a Coptic grammar, a careful new Arabic …

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