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.

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)
Monk of Saint Macarius digitizing manuscripts Monk of Saint Macarius digitizing manuscripts
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)
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
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)
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
Fr. Columba Stewart at St. Macarius Fr. Columba Stewart at St. Macarius
Coptic manuscript from Saint Macarius (<a href='https://w3id.org/vhmml/readingRoom/view/511311'>ABMQ 13</a>) Coptic manuscript from Saint Macarius (ABMQ 13)
Saint Macarius Monastery Saint Macarius Monastery

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