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The Importance of the Fayoum for Coptic Studies

Gawdat Gabra

in Christianity and Monasticism in the Fayoum Oasis

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9789774248924
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970443 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774248924.003.0001
The Importance of the Fayoum for Coptic Studies

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This chapter discusses the importance of the Fayoum Oasis in Egypt for Coptic studies. It explains that the Fayoum Oasis is an ancient cultivated landscape whose history was connected with changes in the level and area of Birkat Qarun and the earliest substantial traces of human activity in this region reach back to the Palaeolithic era. It provides a summary of ancient evidence regarding both the roots of Christian culture and the vestiges of non-Christian culture in the Fayoum.

Keywords: Fayoum Oasis; Egypt; Coptic studies; Birkat Qarun; Palaeolithic era; Christian culture

Chapter.  3747 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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