Chapter

Chaos and Glory

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/9789774160936.003.0006
Chaos and Glory

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Egypt had come to enjoy generally peaceful and prosperous times under the Ayyubid sultan al-Malik al-'Adil, while his son al-Malik al-Kamil, who was the effective ruler of Egypt, had already in John's days shown himself to be a just ruler who would not allow the Copts to be scapegoated or victimized. Throughout Egypt, monks and lay scholars were either beginning to write in Arabic, or were receiving the formation and reading the books not only the Bible and patristic works, but also Arabic Christian texts from Iraq and Syria that would enable intensive literary activity in the middle decades of the century. As Patriarch John and many other Copts of the day understood the matter, that was the position of the trouble-maker—and Melkite turncoat—Marqus ibn al-Qunbar.

Keywords: Ayyubid; patristic; Syria; trouble-maker; turncoat

Chapter.  5425 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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