Coptics Studies: Past Events

Spring 2011


Claremont Graduate University School of Religion
History of Christianity Program
and the Council for Coptic Studies
cordially invite you to a public lecture on

Faith Renewed: Coptic Religious Revivalism
within Egypt's Past and Present

Dr. Febe Armanios
Middlebury College, Vermont

Sunday, March 27, 2011
2:30 pm Social and Refreshments
3:00 pm Lecture

Albrecht Auditorium, Stauffer Hall
925 N. Dartmouth Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711

This lecture will juxtapose two religious renewal movements and will analyze their implications for understanding Coptic life in Egypt's past and present.  An exploration of a revivalist tendency from the middle centuries of Ottoman rule will be contrasted with the modern "charismatic renewal" in Egypt. The lecture will highlight the specific use of literature, art, oratory, and other media in spreading and transforming religious and political ideals among Copts.

Febe Armanios is an Assistant Professor of History at Middlebury College, Vermont.  Her most recent publications, Coptic Christianity in Ottoman Egypt (Oxford University Press, 2011), highlights how Copts identified and distinguished themselves from other groups within Ottoman Egyptian society by turning to an array of religious traditions, such as the visitation of saints' shrines, the relocation of major festivals to remote destinations, the development of new pilgrimage practices, as well as the writing of sermons that articulated a Coptic religious ethos in reaction to Catholic missionary discourses.

There will be an opportunity for book signing by the author.  Inquiries may be addressed to Dr. S. Michael Saad, Chair, Council for Coptic Studies, School of Religion, Claremont Graduate University, e-mail:


Past Events

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