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The Library of the Monastery of the Archangel Michael at Phantoou (al-Hamuli)

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/9789774248924.003.0006
The Library of the Monastery of the Archangel Michael at Phantoou (al-Hamuli)

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This chapter examines the so-called Hamuli manuscripts to understand better the history of Christianity and monasticism in the Fayoum Oasis region in Egypt. These manuscripts belong to a monastery dedicated to the Archangel Michael and its site was located on the western edge of the Fayoum called Phantoou. One of the most important works contained in these manuscripts is The Life of St. Samuel of Qalamun. It provides valuable insight into the experiences of Fayoum Christians around the time of the Arab conquest in the middle of the seventh century.

Keywords: Hamuli manuscripts; Christianity; monasticism; Fayoum Oasis; Egypt; monastery; Archangel Michael; Phantoou; The Life of St. Samuel of Qalamun

Chapter.  3501 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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