Table of Contents

Cover; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; List of Illustrations; List of Contributors; Maps; Introduction; PART I Coptic Christian History; 1 The Pre-Christian Period: Changing Times and Cultural Endurance; 2 The Early Christian Period (42-642): The Spread and Defense of the Christian Faith under Roman Rule; 3 The Early Islamic Period (641-1517): From the Arab Conquest through Mamlūk Rule; 4 The Ottoman Period (1517-1798): Beyond Persecution or Tolerance; 5 The Pre-Modern Period (1798-1952): The Age of Citizenship and Reform. 6 The Modern Period (1952-2011): An Era of Trials, Tribulations, and TriumphsPART II Coptic Religious Culture; 7 Theology: Defending Orthodoxy; 8 Monasticism: Living Scripture and Theological Orthodoxy; 9 Spirituality: In God's Presence; 10 Liturgy: Heaven on Earth; 11 Music: Performing Coptic Expressive Culture; PART III Coptic Literary Culture; 12 The Coptic Language: The Link to Ancient Egyptian; 13 The Greek Literature of the Copts: Innovative and Formative Era; 14 Coptic Literature: Copts Writing in their Own Tongue; 15 Coptic Arabic Literature: When Arabic Became the Language of Saints. PART IV Coptic Material Culture16 Coptic Art: A Multifaceted Artistic Heritage; Index. 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 musicthe Coptic language, linguistic expressions of the Coptic heritag.