The Miracle of Pilgrimage

Febe Armanios

in Coptic Christianity in Ottoman Egypt

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199744848
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894963 | DOI:
The Miracle of Pilgrimage

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Chapter 4 examines the lengths to which Coptic pilgrims went to make an annual pilgrimage from Cairo to Jerusalem, usually, but not always, with the consent of Muslim authorities. In its particular manifestation during the early eighteenth century, a time of cultural resurgence for the Copts, the pilgrimage illustrates a connection to an age-old Christian tradition but also exposes commonalities with the annual ḥajj to Mecca. The pilgrimage, as studied primarily through a historical narrative written by Ottoman-era Copts, shows how lay and clerical elements collaborated to sustain specific rites and support a Coptic presence in Jerusalem. Moreover, by joining in common religious practice with other Eastern Orthodox communities, the pilgrimage raised the Coptic profile among Christians in the Ottoman world.

Keywords: pilgrimage; Jerusalem; Eastern Orthodox; pilgrims; cultural resurgence; common religious practice

Chapter.  11187 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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