Coptic Culture and Community: Daily Lives, Changing Times

Coptic Culture and Community: Daily Lives, Changing Times

AUC Press

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Edited by Mariam F. Ayad

A wide-ranging exploration of the daily lives of ordinary Coptic Christians, from late Antiquity until today

This volume brings together leading experts from a range of disciplines to examine aspects of the daily lived experiences of Egypt’s Coptic Christian minority from late Antiquity to the present. In doing so, it serves as a supplement and a corrective to institutional or theological narratives, which are generally rooted in studying the wielders of historical power and control.

Studies in Coptic Culture and Community reveals the humanity of the Coptic tradition, giving granular depth to how Copts have lived their lives through and because of their faith for two thousand years. The first three sections consider in turn the breadth of the daily life approach, perspectives on poverty and power in a variety of different contexts, and matters of identity and persecution. The final section reflects on the global Coptic diaspora, bringing themes studied for the early Coptic Church into dialog with Coptic experiences today. These broad categories help to link fundamental questions of socio-religious history with unique aspects of Coptic culture and its vibrant communities of individuals.

Nicola Aravecchia, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Mariam F. Ayad, The American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt
Renate Dekker, Leiden, the Netherlands
Lois M. Farag, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
Ihab Khalil, Coptic Museum of Canada, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
A.D. MacDonald, Sydney, Australia
Ash Melika, California Baptist University, Riverside, California, USA
Samuel Moawad, Institute of Egyptology and Coptology, Münster, Germany
Helene Moussa, Coptic Museum of Canada, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
Alanna Nobbs, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
Carolyn Ramzy, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Christina Thérèse Rooijakkers, Leiden University, Oegstgeest, the Netherlands
Youhanna Nessim Youssef, Sankt Ignatios College, University College Stockholm, Sweden

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