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The Emergence of the Modern Coptic Papacy

Magdi Guirguis and Nelly van Doorn-Harder

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9789774161032
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781617971037 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774161032.001.0001
The Emergence of the Modern Coptic Papacy

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This third and final volume of The Popes of Egypt spans the five centuries from the arrival of the Ottomans in 1517 to the present era. Hardly any scholarly work has been written about the Copts during the Ottoman period. Using court, financial, and building records, as well as archives from the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate and monasteries, this book reconstructs the authority of the popes and the organization of the Coptic community during this time. The chapters reveal that the popes held complete authority over their flock at the beginning of the Ottoman rule, deciding over questions ranging from marriage and concubines to civil disputes. As the fortunes of Coptic notables rose, they gradually took over the pope's role, and it was not until the time of Muhammad Ali that the popes regained their former authority. In the second part of the book, the chapters analyze how with the dawning of the modern era in the nineteenth century, the leadership style of the Coptic popes necessarily changed drastically. They address also the political, religious, and cultural issues faced by the patriarchs while leading the Coptic community into the twenty-first century.

Keywords: Coptic Papacy; Coptic Orthodox Church; Orthodox Patriarchate; Ottoman rule

Book.  256 pages. 

Subjects: Christianity

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Introduction in The Emergence of the Modern Coptic Papacy

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Exercising Authority: Patriarchs and Public Policy in The Emergence of the Modern Coptic Papacy

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Contesting Authority: Patriarchs and Coptic Notables in The Emergence of the Modern Coptic Papacy

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Introduction in The Emergence of the Modern Coptic Papacy

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Preparing for Reformation in The Emergence of the Modern Coptic Papacy

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Educating Egypt in The Emergence of the Modern Coptic Papacy

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Redefining Authority in The Emergence of the Modern Coptic Papacy

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Leading in the Midst of Political Change in The Emergence of the Modern Coptic Papacy

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Reviving Tradition, Reviving the Church in The Emergence of the Modern Coptic Papacy

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Negotiating Political Landscapes in The Emergence of the Modern Coptic Papacy

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