Coptic Art During the Ottoman Period

Gawdat Gabra and Hany N. Takla

in Christianity and Monasticism in Upper Egypt

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9789774161223
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970450 | DOI:
Coptic Art During the Ottoman Period

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In the course of the 17th century, during the Ottoman period, significant innovations were introduced into Coptic art, which has led some scholars to speak of the “Akhmimic style.”. The Akhmimic style is a worldwide Catholic contribution, which is comparable to the Mozarabic style. Like the Mozarabic style it consisted of different cultural characteristics and styles, helping to spread the Catholic faith throughout the Middle East and Africa. Some scholars have considered two different styles in two separate periods, but from this study it appears that it was one style with two sequential stages, from about the year ad 1663 to about the year ad 1890.

Keywords: Akhmin; Ottoman period; Catholics; Coptic art; Mozarabic style

Chapter.  4409 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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