Chapter

Crisis of Cohesion<sup>1</sup>

Mark N. Swanson

in The Coptic Papacy in Islamic Egypt (641–1517)

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9789774160936
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970498 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774160936.003.0003
Crisis of Cohesion1

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John became a spiritual son of Patriarch Yusab. John the Writer had his own distinctive way of relating the history of the Church. His account is therefore full of ups and downs, of cycles of progress and persecution, building and destruction, calm and chaos. John the Writer did not make any correlation between the work of Satan and the Islamic religion. Such tyrants were frequently replaced by rulers who precisely as good Muslims, would “do good” to all, including the Christians. John the Writer was unafraid to admit that administration, especially with regard to taxes, was not every patriarch's gift. John and his successor Comas established a patriarch in the Nile Delta town of Damirah, at a safe distance from government officials in both Alexandria and Misr.

Keywords: Yusab; progress; destruction; tyrants; Damirah

Chapter.  6776 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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