Through haunting landscapes of the Nile Valley, oases and deserts, purely designed buildings, sumptuous paintings, beautiful illuminations, and exquisite fabrics, Christian Egypt transports the reader through the two thousand year history and culture of Coptic EgyptIn Christian Egypt, Massimo Capuani invites students, scholars, and other interested readers to gain a greater appreciation of the richness of the Coptic civilization by traveling through ancient and medieval Coptic sites throughout Egypt, including the ruined monasteries of Saint Jeremiah Saqqara and Saint Apollo BawitCapuani s comprehensive examination of the archeological studies and historical literature of Coptic Christian monasteries and churches are supported by overblack and white photographs, maps, and architectural illustrations In addition,full color photographs provide a substantive record of monuments, architectural features, and wall paintings not seen elsewhere with such clarity and beauty A chronology of Egypt fromBC toand an essay on the typology and architectural evolution of Egyptian churches add to the value of the work Christian Egypt is enriched by the contribution of Otto F A Meinardus, who introduces readers to Coptic Egypt with a discussion of basic issues such as the patriarchs of Alexandria and theology of the World Church during the fourth and fifth centuries, the history of the Coptic Church, monasticism, the attitude of Egypt s rulers toward the Copts, and the Coptic renaissance during the pontificates of the patriarchs Cyril VI and Shenouda IIIIn a valuable, concise account, Marie Hel ne Rutschowscaya elucidates several aspects of Coptic art wall paintings, icons, illustrated manuscripts, as well as textiles She offers readers a comprehensive picture of the artistic achievements of the Copts Gawdat Gabra s thorough knowledge of current archeological activity and the most recent consensus regarding the dates and other questions concerning churches and monasteries enhance the store of information in Christian EgyptContents include Introduction, by Gawdat Gabra Coptic Christianity, Past and Present, by Otto F A Meinardus The Arts Using Color, by Marie Hel ne Rutschowscaya Typology and Architectural Evolution of the Egyptian Churches Areas and Regions, by Massimo Capuani and Areas and Regions, by Massimo CapuaniAreas and regions included are The Region of the Delta, Nitria and Kellia, Scetis Wadi al Natrun , Cairo and Its Vicinity, Al Fayyum and the Region of Beni Suef, The Eastern Desert, The Region of al Minya, The Region of Asyut, The Region of Sohag and Akhmim, The Thebaid, Upper Egypt, and The Oases Includes a chronology, bibliography, glossary, and index of places Massimo Capuani, an engineer and researcher, is an expert in the history of the Eastern Christian Churches and has a thorough knowledge of the Middle Eastern and Mediterranean worlds he has collected rich documentation about their cultural and artistic developmentOtto F A Meinardus, Fellow of the Institute of Coptic Studies in Cairo and a member of the German Archaeological Society, is a doctor of philosophy and theology and a professor at the American University in Cairo and Athens College in GreeceMarie Hel ne Rutschowscaya is head curator of the department of Egyptian antiquities at the Louvre and director of the Coptic section she is also a professor at the ecole du LouvreGawdat Gabra, former director of the Coptic Museum in Cairo and member of the board of the Society of Coptic Archaeology, has a doctorate in Coptology from the University of Munster He serves as a consultant in a number of projects of the American Research Center in Egypt and is chief editor of the Saint Mark Foundation for Coptic History Studies