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Conversion To Islam

CONVERSION TO ISLAM After the Arab conquest of Egypt (640-642), the bulk of the Egyptians remained Christian in the first two centuries of Islamic rule. By the beginning of the third century of Arab occupation, however, the resistance of the Copts was broken and their economic status was dramatically weakened because of the financial burdens …

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COPT The term “Copt” and the adjective “Coptic” are derived from the Arabic qibt, which in turn is a corruption of the Greek term for the indigenous population of Egypt (Agyptos and Aigyptioi). Initially, after the Arab conquest of Egypt (639-641), the new rulers of the country used the word as a designation for the …

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Coptic Language

COPTIC LANGUAGE It is the final stage of the ancient Egyptian language, which was the language of the Egyptians for more than three millennia. All the essential structural aspects of Coptic, the syntax, in particular, are Egyptian. The knowledge of Coptic played a crucial role in the decipherment of the ancient Egyptian language by Jean …

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Yusuf Al-Qibti (17th C.)

YUSUF AL-QIBTI (17th c.) A Copt and one of the few Egyptians who had cultural contacts with Europe in modern times before Napoleon Bonaparte’s expedition and the reign of Mohammed Ali (1805-1848). He expressed his wish to Pope Urban III (1623-1644) to join the Vatican Library as a scriptor to correct the proofs printed in …

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HADES Hades is the place where the souls rest before the Last Judgment. For Egyptians, life afterlife is an important aspect and has been since pharaonic times. For this reason, the ancient Egyptians created many myths concerning the afterlife, and great importance was placed on texts such as the Coffin texts or the Book of …

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