Coptic Christianity in Ottoman Egypt

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byFebe Armanios

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In this book, Febe Armanios explores Coptic religious life in Ottoman Egypt (1517-1798), focusing closely on manuscripts housed in Coptic archives. Ottoman Copts frequently turned to religious discourses, practices, and rituals as they dealt with various transformations in the first centuriesof Ottoman rule. These included the establishment of a new political regime, changes within communal leadership structures (favoring lay leaders over clergy), the economic ascent of the archons (lay elites), and developments in the Copts' relationship with other religious communities, particularlywith Catholics.Coptic Christianity in Ottoman Egypt highlights how Copts, as a minority living in a dominant Islamic culture, identified and distinguished themselves from other groups by turning to an impressive array of religious traditions, such as the visitation of saints' shrines, the relocation of majorfestivals to remote destinations, the development of new pilgrimage practices, as well as the writing of sermons that articulated a Coptic religious ethos in reaction to Catholic missionary discourses. Within this discussion of religious life, the Copts' relationship to local political rulers,military elites, the Muslim religious establishment, and to other non-Muslim communities are also elucidated. In all, the book aims to document the Coptic experience within the Ottoman Egyptian context while focusing on new documentary sources and on an historical era that has been longneglected.

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In this book, Febe Armanios explores Coptic religious life in Ottoman Egypt (1517-1798), focusing closely on manuscripts housed in Coptic archives. Ottoman Copts frequently turned to religious discourses, practices, and rituals as they dealt with various transformations in the first centuriesof Ottoman rule. These included the establis...

Febe Armanios is Associate Professor of History at Middlebury College. In her most recent research, she investigates Coptic religious revivalism and charismatic renewal in the modern era.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 0.71 inPublished:June 22, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780190247225

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Locating Copts in Ottoman History2. Championing a Communal Ethos: The Neo-Martyrdom of St. Salib in the Sixteenth Century3. A Female Martyr Cult in the Nile Delta: Dimyana and the Forty Virgins4. The Miracle of Pilgrimage: A Journey to Jerusalem in the Early Eighteenth Century5. Weapons of the Faithful: Defining Orthodoxy through SermonsConclusionNotesBibliographyIndex

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"A fascinating and important contribution to Ottoman Egyptian history, Coptic history, and the history of minorities under Muslim rule." --Journal of the American Academy of Religion