Portrait of Gawdat Gabra
  • Email
    gawdatgabra@hotmail.com
  • Degrees
    PhD, Münster University, Germany
    BA, Egyptian Antiquities, Cairo University, Egypt
  • Research Interests
    Religion, Coptic studies, Egyptian Christianity

Gawdat Gabra is visiting professor of Coptic Studies at Claremont Graduate University. He is also the co-editor-in-chief of the Claremont Coptic Encyclopedia. He currently teaches courses at CGU in the following subjects: Coptic Hagiography; Coptic New Testament & Liturgy; Egyptian Christianity, Monasticism, & Islamic Rule; Egypt: Five Millennia of Religious Heritage; and the Coptic Bible.

Gabra received his BA in Egyptian Antiquities from Cairo University and his PhD from Münster University in Germany. He is a former director of the Coptic Museum in Cairo and a member of the board of the Society of Coptic Archaeology.

He has made significant contributions to the Claremont Coptic Encyclopedia, a digitized version of the original encyclopedia (an eight-volume paper-bound work with over 2,800 entries). He has contributed entries such as “Saint Pisentius” (co-authored with C. Detlef G. Muller); “Nabis”; “Patape” (co-authored with Rene-Georges Coquin); and “Hajir Idfu.”

Gabra is the author of numerous articles and has authored, co-authored, and edited many books on the literary and material culture of Egyptian Christianity. His most recent publications include Coptic Civilization: Two Thousand Years of Christianity in Egypt (AUC Press, 2014); A Historical Dictionary of the Coptic Church (Scarecrow Press, 2008); The Churches of Egypt (AUC Press, 2007); and The Treasures of Coptic Art in the Coptic Museum and Churches of Old Cairo (AUC Press, 2007).

Coptic Civilization: Two Thousand Years of Christianity in Egypt. Cairo: AUC Press, 2014.

Historical Dictionary of the Coptic Church. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2008.

Co-authored with Gertrud J. M. van Loon. The Churches of Egypt. Cairo: AUC Press, 2007.

Co-authored with Marianne Eaton-Krauss. The Treasures of Coptic Art in the Coptic Museum and Churches of Old Cairo. Cairo: AUC Press, 2007.

Christianity and Monasticism in the Fayoum Oasis. Cairo: AUC Press, 2005.

Coptic Monasteries: Egypt’s Monastic Art and Architecture. Cairo: AUC Press, 2002.

Coptic Hagiography
Coptic New Testament & Liturgy
Egyptian Christianity, Monasticism, & Islamic Rule
Egypt: Five Millennia of Religious Heritage
Coptic Bible