Coptic Culture: Past, Present and Future [Hardback]

Mariam Ayad (Editor)

ISBN: 9781935488279 | Published by: Coptic Orthodox Church Centre at Shephalbury Manor | Year of Publication: 2012 | Language: English 300p,

Coptic Culture


In May 2008, the Coptic Orthodox Centre in Stevenage, UK organised a conference on Coptic Culture: Past, Present, and Future. The conference aimed to highlight the contributions and achievements of one of the most obscure periods of Egyptian history: the Coptic Period. The importance of this period lies in its valuable contributions to some of the most formative theological debates of Christianity. Strictly defined as a Late Antique culture, spanning only the third to the seventh centuries AD, the heritage of the Coptic Period still survives today in the artistic expression, liturgical services, and heritage of millions of Egyptian Christians who live in Egypt and abroad. This period's lasting contributions, however, remain underappreciated and many of its aspects remain unclear or unknown to the general public. For the first time, the conference at the Coptic Centre brought together specialists working on all aspects of Coptic culture, from its earliest phases to the present day. One of the aims of the conference was to highlight new research on Coptic art, writings, and archaeology. By bringing together specialists, academics and Coptic clergy, the conference fostered an active discussion of what defined Coptic identity in centuries past and what it means to be Coptic in contemporary culture, both in Egypt and abroad. It is important that we draw on, understand, and appreciate the rich cultural heritage of this period as we look to our past to inform our present and define our future. The conference drew scholars from Australia, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the USA. Their papers were organised along 5 general thematic blocks that dealt with (1) The Egyptian roots of Coptic culture; (2) How do we know what we know: Archaeological Sites and Museum Collections; (3) Aspects of Early and Medieval Coptic Culture: Case Studies; (4) Current Trends in Coptic Studies; and (5) Coptic Culture Today and where it's heading. This volume contains their contributions.

Table of Contents

1. The Coptic Orthodox Church (H.G. Bishop Angaelos)
2. The Death of Coptic? (Mariam F. Ayad)
3. Some Neglected Aspects of Egypt’s Conversion to Christianity (John Gee)
4. The Pre-Figuration of some Biblical Themes in Pharaonic Iconography and Theology (Ashraf Alexander Sadek)
5. Did the Copts Practice Human Sacrifice? (Ahmes Labib Pahor)
6. Agriculture in Late Antique Egypt (Mennat-Allah El Dorry)
7. Sinai in the Coptic Period (Monica Hanna)
8. Settlements and Cemeteries of Late Antique Egypt (Elisabeth R. O’Connell)
9. Edification in the Early Egyptian Church (Alanna Nobbs)
10. Roman Citizens without Roman Privileges (Lois Farag)
11. The Family of Germanos (Jennifer Cromwell)
12. Editing a Coptic Martyrdom (Carol Downer)
13. The Legend of the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus in Coptic Literature (Laila Farid)
14. Heritage Preservation and Modern Realities (Michael Jones)
15. The Coptic Monasteries Multi-Media Database Project (Howard Middleton-Jones)
16. Problems of Coptic Studies and the Preservation of Coptic Heritage in Egypt (Gawdat Gabra)
17. The Image as Prayer in Medieval and Early Modern Coptic Art (Lucy-Anne Hunt)
18. Coptic Visual Culture (Nelly van Doorn-Harder)
19. Sacred Art – What is it to 21st-century Youth? (Fadi Mikhail and Mariam Ayad)
20. New Doxologies in Coptic (Emad Sidhom)

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