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Awlad Al-‘Assal

AWLAD AL-‘ASSAL This Coptic family came originally from the village of Sadamant in the province of Bani Suef in Middle Egypt at an unknown date and settled in Cairo, where its members rose to wealth and high station at the court of the Ayyubid dynasty (A.H. 565-648/A.D. 1169-1250). They owned a residence in the capital …

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Tanbida (Maghaghah)

TANBIDA (Maghaghah) A monastery mentioned at the beginning of the thirteenth century. The church of the monastery was dedicated to Saint Tarnima, whose body was buried in the church. We cannot be certain whether it was the monastery or another church that was outside the town. The HISTORY OF THE PATRIARCHS OF THE EGYPTIAN CHURCH, …

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Babij

BABIJ The Arabic name of an Egyptian town in the province of Gharbiyyah now known as Abbij. It lies in the western Delta about 5 miles (8 km) northwest of Kafr al-Zayyat. Muslim authors of the Middle Ages mentioned the town often. IBN HAWQAL, writing in the tenth century, said there were many churches and …

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Al-Alam Salib Al-Ibnasi

AL-ALAM SALIB AL-IBNASI Shaykh al-‘Alam is known from two colophons of Coptic Arabic manuscripts that are kept at the Vatican and London. They describe him as a deacon and archon (prominent citizen) who was very generous and devout, practicing hospitality to strangers, and educating orphans. He was the son of the deacon and archon al-MAKIN …

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Amphilochius Of Iconium

AMPHILOCHIUS OF ICONIUM Some scholars have thought that Amphilochius of Iconium deserves to rank alongside BASIL THE GREAT of Caesarea, GREGORY OF NYSSA, and GREGORY OF NAZIANZUS as the fourth great Cappadocian of the end of the fourth century. Educated at the school of Libanius at Antioch, then an advocate in Constantinople, Amphilochius was invited …

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Antuniyus Mulukhiyyah

ANTUNIYUS MULUKHIYYAH The eighteenth-century Coptic Catholic priest. Information about him comes from five Arabic manuscripts, three of which are at the Coptic Patriarchate of Cairo, and from a report made in Cairo on 4 October 1747 by the Franciscan priest Jacques de Kremsier, apostolic prefect of Egypt. According to a manuscript from Faytrun, his father’s …

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Zostrianus

ZOSTRIANUS Zostrianus is the major tractate (1) in Codex VIII of the NAG HAMMADI LIBRARY. The name is linked with the magical tradition of the famous Persian Zoroaster by means of a second colophon to the tractate (cf. Arnobius, 1871, I, 52). The work is likely to be the apocalypse of Zostrianus referred to by …

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