Hmml Global Operations: Egypt

Egypt


  • Region

    Africa
  • Country

    Egypt
  • Cities

    Wadi al-Natrun
  • Repositories

    Saint Macarius Monastery (Dayr Qiddīs Anbā Maqqār)
  • Languages

    Coptic, Arabic
  • Project Dates

    2015–present

HMML works with the Monastery of Saint Macarius (Dayr Qiddīs Anbā Maqqār) in the desert of Wadi al-Natrun, the ancient site of Scetis, to digitize their collection of more than 500 Coptic manuscripts. They range from 8th-century fragments discovered in the 1970s to beautifully illuminated works of the 13th and 14th centuries, and more recent manuscripts. The Coptic Christian tradition of Egypt is both ancient and flourishing, especially in the Coptic diaspora in Australia and the United States. The Coptic language is a late form of the ancient language represented in Egyptian hieroglyphs. No longer spoken as a living language, Coptic endures in the liturgy and in the thousands of original texts and translations found in manuscripts. The Saint Macarius Monastery, one of three important early Christian monastic centers located in the Nitrian Desert, holds a collection critical to the understanding of the formation of early Christian traditions connected to other monastic centers in the Middle East and Africa.


Egypt Stories

    Coptic manuscript from Saint Macarius (<a href='https://w3id.org/vhmml/readingRoom/view/511311'>ABMQ 13</a>)
    Coptic manuscript from Saint Macarius (ABMQ 13)
    Monk of Saint Macarius digitizing manuscripts
    Monk of Saint Macarius digitizing manuscripts
    HMML Executive Director, Fr. Columba Stewart, OSB, with Abouna Wadid of St. Macarius
    HMML Executive Director, Fr. Columba Stewart, OSB, with Abouna Wadid of St. Macarius
    14th-c. Coptic manuscript from Saint Macarius (<a href='https://w3id.org/vhmml/readingRoom/view/133016'>ABMQ 17</a>)
    14th-c. Coptic manuscript from Saint Macarius (ABMQ 17)
    Manuscript from Saint Macarius (<a href='https://w3id.org/vhmml/readingRoom/view/133017'>ABMQ 18</a>)
    Manuscript from Saint Macarius (ABMQ 18)
    Monks of Saint Macarius digitizing their manuscripts, with HMML’s Director of Field Operations for the Middle East, Africa, & South Asia, Walid Mourad
    Monks of Saint Macarius digitizing their manuscripts, with HMML’s Director of Field Operations for the Middle East, Africa, & South Asia, Walid Mourad
    Manuscript from Saint Macarius in Coptic and Arabic (<a href='https://w3id.org/vhmml/readingRoom/view/511626'>ABMQ 407</a>)
    Manuscript from Saint Macarius in Coptic and Arabic (ABMQ 407)
    Manuscript from Saint Macarius in Coptic and Arabic (<a href='https://w3id.org/vhmml/readingRoom/view/133017'>ABMQ 18</a>)
    Manuscript from Saint Macarius in Coptic and Arabic (ABMQ 18)
    Fr. Columba Stewart at St. Macarius
    Fr. Columba Stewart at St. Macarius
    Manuscript from Saint Macarius in Coptic and Arabic (<a href='https://w3id.org/vhmml/readingRoom/view/511602'>ABMQ 368</a>)
    Manuscript from Saint Macarius in Coptic and Arabic (ABMQ 368)

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