Monks and Monasticism

Kurt J. Werthmuller

in Coptic Identity and Ayyubid Politics in Egypt

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9789774163456
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970238 | DOI:
Monks and Monasticism

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This chapter provides an examination of the unique role that monasticism occupied during the front line of defense of Coptic identity as a unique Egyptian identity. The popularity of monasticism definitely stayed applicable to Egypt itself wherein successive centuries of remarkable religious, social, and political changes, monasticism continued to play a central role. On the other hand, Coptic monasticism was in practice rarely a removed or secretive world, despite its theoretical ideals and reputation for withdrawal and isolation. Instead, it often maintained a surprisingly active and often personal relationship with local authorities and dynastic rulers. Despite the familiarity of the Muslim authorities in the monasteries of the Coptic community, still, their attitudes are not in better sympathy. Furthermore, the concerns of Cyril ibn Laqlaq in the document for the monks at St. Anthony are presented here.

Keywords: monasticism; Coptic identity; political changes; local authorities; dynastic rulers; monks

Chapter.  9975 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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