The full history of the Coptic church The Copts, the indigenous Christians of Egypt, have a long and fascinating history, but their importance has often been overlooked. Jill Kamil has written an engaging survey of Coptic Christianity since pharaonic times, through its development under Rome, Byzantium, Islam, and beyond.
Based on extensive travel around the Coptic sites of Egypt and conversations with numerous experts, from monks to museum directors, the book looks at the fundamental importance of Coptic religion and culture in Egypt. Weaving together historical research with absorbing stories, the author explores such questions as:
•How did Christianity succeed, when Egypt already enjoyed a distinctive and successful religious tradition that had lasted for more than 3000 years?
•What led the Copts to invent monasticism?
•Why were there so many Egyptian martyrs?
•What caused the Coptic church to break away from the rest of Christianity in the fifth century AD?
•How has Egyptian Christianity influenced the wider church?
Lavishly illustrated with more than 120 photographs, drawings, and maps, Christianity in the Land of the Pharaohs offers a captivating insight into Egypt and will make ideal reading for students of Egyptian history and Christianity.
Jill Kamil is the travel and archaeology editor of Al-Ahram Weekly and has written many books on Egypt, including The Ancient Egyptians: Life in the Old Kingdom (AUC Press, 1996) and Coptic Egypt: History and Guide (AUC Press, 1990).
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