This book offers a comprehensive introduction to the heritage of Coptic Christians. The contributors combine academic expertise with intimate and practical knowledge of the Coptic Orthodox Church and Coptic heritage. The chapters explore historical, cultural, literary and material aspects, including:
the history of Christianity in Egypt, from the pre-Christian era to the modern day
Coptic religious culture: theology, monasticism, spirituality, liturgy and music
the Coptic language, linguistic expressions of the Coptic heritage and literary production in Greek, Coptic and Arabic .
material culture and artistic expression of the Copts: from icons, mosaics and frescos to manuscript illuminations, woodwork and textiles.
Students will find The Coptic Christian Heritage an invaluable introduction, whilst scholars will find its breadth provides a helpful context for specialised research. 3 Tables, black and white