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Manuscripts and Literature in Fayoumic Coptic

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/9789774248924.003.0003
Manuscripts and Literature in Fayoumic Coptic

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This chapter examines the Coptic manuscripts and literature based on evidence found in Fayoum Oasis in Egypt. It describes the causes of the poor survival of the Fayoumic manuscripts and provides an overview of the different categories of the surviving literature, both edited and unedited. The analysis reveals that the remnants of the literature in this dialect show that there was an original and very ancient production.

Keywords: Coptic manuscripts; Coptic literature; Fayoum Oasis; Egypt; Coptic studies; ancient literature

Chapter.  4050 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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