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28. A center for Coptic studies

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Article title: 
28. A center for Coptic studies
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2008
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2
Article number: 
28
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p. 13
Date of source: 
10-01-2008
Author: 
Hilmi al-Nimnim
Reviewer: 
Nirmin al-‘Awadi
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The author calls for the establishment of centers for Coptic studies in Egyptian universities that study all aspect of the Coptic era.

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The author calls for the establishment of centers for Coptic studies in Egyptian universities that study all aspects and important events of the Coptic era. There are many issues in the Coptic history that need to be scientifically approached in order to remove any ambiguity or contradictions.
Specialists in Pharonic history believe that the entry of Christianity to Egypt destroyed Egyptian ancient civilization. Christians considered Pharonic civilization a pagan civilization and transformed many of its temples into churches and monasteries.
Until now some believe that Christians persecuted intellectuals and philosophers in that era such as the Alexandrian philosopher Hypatia who was accused of paganism and was burned to death. They believe this act destroyed the philosophical movement in Alexandria.
Catholics still accuse Orthodoxies of surrendering Egypt to the Muslims during the Arab Conquest. They believe Father Benjamin welcomed the conquest and cooperated with ‘Amr Ibn al-‘Ās, commander of the Muslim armies. But Orthodox Christians deny these accusations.
Specialists and academics must establish a department for Coptic studies in Cairo or ‘Ayn Shams universities. There are now specialists in the Coptic history in the universities abroad who can assist in establishing such departments.

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