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The Illustrated Guide to the Coptic Museum is the official guide to the newly renovated Coptic Museum, home to the world's largest and most exquisite collection of Coptic Christian artifacts from two millennia. The book is fully illustrated with color photographs of over 130 objects; includes an introduction to the history of Coptic Christianity, a chronology, and floor plans of the Museum; describes and explains the aesthetic and religious importance of the works on display; and guides the visitor around the neighboring Coptic churches of Old Cairo.
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Studio: American University in Cairo Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5" Height: 8.25" Weight: 1.14 lbs.
Release Date Jun 27, 2007
Publisher American University in Cairo Press
ISBN 977416007X ISBN13 9789774160073
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More About Gawdat Gabra
Gawdat Gabra is an independent scholar specializing in Coptic studies, and former director of the Coptic Museum in Cairo. He is the author or editor of numerous books related to the literary and material culture of Egyptian Christianity, including Coptic Monasteries: Egypt's Monastic Art and Architecture and Christian Egypt: Coptic Art and Monuments through Two Millennia (both AUC Press 2002). He is the co-editor of the three volumes of The Popes of Egypt (vol. I: AUC Press, 2004).
Gawdat Gabra has an academic affiliation as follows - Claremont Graduate University Clarement Graduate University Claremont.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Illustrated Guide to the Coptic Museum and Churches of Old Cairo?
Excellent guide Oct 12, 2007
I borrowed this with the intention of taking it with me the next time I go to Cairo but the book is a great reference even if you have no intention of visiting the Coptic Museum. Illustrated with photographs, the guide is a window on a world that most tourists to Egypt are unaware even exists.
The Coptic Church is one of the oldest Christian communities in the world. It has survived repression under the Roman emperors, the Islamic invasion, wars, famines and various anti-Christian pograms. Today Copts are 9 million strong in Egypt, and yet are invisible to the world media.
The Coptic Museum in Cairo only recently reopened after damage caused by an earthquake in the 1990s and decades of neglect prior to that. At the very least this guide is an excellent eye opener to a history and culture that is seemingly invisible to the outside world.