The Story of the Copts: From the Arab Conquest to the by Iris Habib El Masri

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8. Cuettee. H i s t o i r e . . 530; also Muir. 65-6 w and . 9F o r d e t a i l s on t h i s p e r i o d , c f . W . Muir: The C a l i p h a t e . 153-63; S. 20; Munier, Precis.. lere p a r t i e , p p . 1-13; a n d 2eme p a r t i e b y G . 109-11. Misr u l - I s l a m i y y a . p . 1 6 ; 10. Elias ul-Ayubi. S e v e r u s , B p . of A s h r n ~ ~ e i m . p p . 4 9 6 - 7 . 12. Pere de . footnote . p . 199. G Wiet, P r e c i s . p p . I l l - 2 ;Mgr K . Macaire 13. E t u d e s u r l e Serapeurn d ' A l e x n a d r i e ; G u e t t e .

Immediately some of his disciples came and carried him t o an oasis, where they cared f o r him tenderly u n t i l his recovery. They consoled one another by reciting passages of comfort from t h e Scriptures and by relating t h e stories of s a i n t s and martyrs. Because t h e atmosphere of t h e region w a s soothing t o t h e souls of t h e cont e m p l a t i v e ~ , Samuel and his brethren decided t o remain there. 400. Scarcely had they made this decision than . hordes of B e r b e r s from Libya invaded t h e region.

C. 418. One of t h e rare, still extant manuscripts from seventh century Coptic Egypt was written b y a bishop called Abba Mena af Pshati and entitled "The Life of t h e Saintly Pope Abba Lss-haq," t h e forty-first successor of St. Mark. The biographer gives many det& of Abba Iss-haq's life as a boy, a young man, and then Head of t h e Church. Born before the Arab invasion, he had shown a keen interest i n calligraphy and a passionate desire t o pursue t h i s art. Discerning his interest and talent, his parents entrusted him, as soon as he had finished school, t o a relative called Meneson, who was secretary t o t h e Byzantine Eparch, or governor, of Egypt.

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