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Since the Foundation was formed, it started to document the Coptic history through a series of publications that are based on the most recent researches and studies. The documentation process was also based upon proceeding of the Foundation's symposia about history of monasticism. In addition, we started to document the history of the Coptic parishes and we sponsored some other valuable publications.

Coptic History Publications

 

History of the Coptic Nation
The Heritage of Coptic Literature
The Chronology of St. Mark

History of Parishes

  The History of Coptic Christianity in the Nuba and Aswan Parish
El-behreh and the five Western Cities
Sohag and Akhmeen

Proceedings of the Symposia

  Wadi al-Natrun(published in Coptica 2&3)
Coptica 2 and Coptica 3
Proceeding of Al-Fayoum symposia
Akhmeem and Sohag (will be published in 2007)
The Society Journal  
  Coptica vol. 4

Sponsored Publications

special edition for st Mark Foundation from the AUC publications The Coptic Orthodox Liturgy of St. Basil
Two Thousand Years of Coptic Christianity
Books  

History of the Coptic Nation
Christianity and Monasticism in the Fayoum Oasis
Newsletter

History of the Coptic Nation

Published by Mr. Yacoub Nakhla Rofela in 1898. This is the first book published in Arabic and deals with the history of the Copts. He studies the material and manuscripts which were available in the Churches and Monasteries. It was the first book that revealed the political, social, and economic status of the Copts in Egyptian society and the relation with the governors over time. It was also the first book to draw attention to the importance of protecting the Coptic antiquities and the old Coptic manuscripts, as well as the need to have a Coptic Library and a Coptic Museum.The Foundation republished this book in its original format in the year 2000. We are in the process of having a third edition. The book is still available in the Foundation for only 10 dollars for the paper cover edition and 15 dollars for the hardcover edition. This book is a must read.  [Go to the top]

 

Two Thousand Years of Coptic Christianity

Author: Otto F. A. Meinardus. Christianity arrived early in Egypt, brought—according to tradition—by Saint Mark the Evangelist, who became the first patriarch of Alexandria. The Coptic Orthodox Church has flourished ever since, with millions of adherent both in Egypt and in Coptic communities around the world. Since its split from the Byzantine Church in 451, the Coptic Church has proudly maintained its early traditions, and influence from outside has been minimal: the liturgy is still sung to unique rhythms in Coptic, a late stage of the same ancient Egyptian language that is inscribed in hieroglyphs on temple walls and papyri. Dr. Otto Meinardus, a leading authority on the history of the Coptic Church, here revises, updates, and combines his renowned studies Christian Egypt, Ancient and Modern (AUC Press, 1965, 1977) and Christian Egypt, Faith and Life (AUC Press, 1970) into a new, definitive, one-volume history for the Millennium, surveying the twenty centuries of existence of one of the oldest churches in the world. This is a special edition for St. Mark foundation from the AUC publications. [Go to the top]

The History of Coptic Christianity in the Nuba and Aswan Parish

Mr. Nabih Kamel the senior librarian of the patriarchal library and Mr. Atef Naguib of the Aswan and Antiquity department co-authored this book which was revised by Mr. Gawdat Gabra, the chief editor of the Foundation, and His Grace Bishop Hedra of Aswan.

This book discusses in detail the history of Coptic Christianity in the Nuba and southern Egypt. Only a few traces still exist of the old Nubian Christianity and churches. This book will be the beginning of a series of book about all the Coptic Parishes. This book is currently available. [Go to the top]

 

The Chronology of St. Mark

Authored by Professor Samir Fawzy Girgis, Professor of Coptology in Switzerland. This book contains the most important references about St. Mark. He donated the copyright for 1500 copies to be distributed to the members of the Foundation. It is illustrated with rare icons of St. Mark. It should have been published in year 2000 and the Foundation apologies for the delay. We promise that it will be available in the fall of 2003. [Go to the top]

 

 

Christianity and Monasticism in the Fayoum Oasis

Christianity began in the large and fertile Fayoum oasis of Egypt’s Western Desert as early as the third century, and its presence has endured to the present day. This volume, which constitutes a tribute to the scholarly work of the father of modern Coptology, Martin Krause, contains contributions on various aspects of Coptic civilization in Egypt’s largest oasis over the past eighteen hundred years. The contributors are all international specialists in Coptology, from Australia, the Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, and the United States. A number of the studies included in this volume deal with recent archaeological discoveries at Dayr al-Banat, the early Christian graves in the necropolis at the eastern edge of the Fayoum, and the monastic settlements and medieval Coptic cemetery at Naqlun. Others provide through examinations of archaeological sites at Karanis, Tebtunis, and Naqlun. Contributions cover the rich Christian literary heritage in Greek, Coptic, and Arabic, while art historians touch on the famous Fayoum portraits and their influence on the production of Coptic icons, as well as on the medieval wall paintings at Naqlun and in textiles, metal objects, and basketry from the region. This important volume provides for the first time an up-to-date, comprehensive treatment of Christianity and monasticism in the Fayoum Oasis.[Go to the top]

The Heritage of Coptic Literature

This book is the first in Arabic language about the origins by standards of the Coptic Literature. This book records the comprehensive history of the Coptic language, its dialects, and its influence on literature. It also contains information about the Monastery libraries and their ancient manuscripts. [Go to the top]

 

 

 

The History of Christianity and Monasticism in the Parishes of Sohag and Akhmeen

This book is the first book containing the complete history of bishops, as well as, the history of Coptic heritage in both Upper Egypt Parishes. In this book, you will find details about Christianity and Monasticism in Sohag and Akhmeen. The book highlights the interesting new discoveries of Coptic artifacts southwest of the “White Monastery”. The book is full of illustrative pictures, maps, figures, and diagrams. [Go to the top]

 

 


The History of Christianity and Monasticism in the Five Western Cities

This book is the first book containing the complete history of bishops, as well as, the history of Coptic heritage in both Upper Egypt Parishes. In this book, you will find details about Christianity and Monasticism in Sohag and Akhmeen. The book highlights the interesting new discoveries of Coptic artifacts southwest of the “White Monastery”. The book is full of illustrative pictures, maps, figures, and diagrams. [Go to the top]

 

 


Procedings of Wadi al-Natrun

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Coptica( issues 2 and 3)

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Coptica vol 4

The life and times of St. Shenouda the Archimandrite (A conference held in Los Angeles August 13 – 14, 2004) [Go to the top]

 

 


The Coptic Orthodox Liturgy

The music and liturgy of the Coptic Orthodox church have been preserved through the ages. The Coptic liturgy are sung entirely and have been passes down orally over many centuries. This is the first time its music has been recorded and published in full by Dr. Ragheb Moftah, the Director of the Department of Music and Hymns at the Coptic Institute of Higher Studies in Cairo, and with the help of Miss Martha Roy. The late Dr. Raghheb Moftah devoted 70 years of his life to the preservation of Coptic music and this is a major and unique achievement. The book includes not only the music, but also the words and the rubric of the liturgy of St. Basil. This is a special edition for St. Mark foundation from the AUC publications. [Go to the top]


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