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Conference

Medieval Christianity in the Fayyum

Date
Wednesday 16 December 2015
Time
Room
M. de Vrieshof 4, room 008A

You are cordially invited to attend the mini-symposium, organized on the occasion of the defense of Clara ten Hacken’s doctoral thesis The Legend of Saint Aūr and the Monastery of Naqlūn: the Copto-Arabic texts  in the Academy Building, Rapenburg 73, 2311 GJ Leiden, at 11.15 am. The mini-symposium will be held after the ceremony and reception at 3 pm.

Programme
 

15.00-15.30

Włodzimierz Godlewski, Warsaw University
The monastery in Naqlūn: past history and current research

15.30-16.00

Petra Sijpesteijn, Universiteit Leiden
From the archive of an early Arab administrator in the south-western Fayyum

16.00-16.30

Jacques van der Vliet, Universiteit Leiden / Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
The Fayyum and Coptic literature

16.30-17.00

Joost Hagen, Leiden / Leipzig 
Saint Aūr, the Books of the Investiture of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel, and the Four Creatures of Revelation

 

For more information, please contact Renate Dekker

Abstracts

Jacques van der Vliet

Universiteit Leiden / Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
The Fayyum and Coptic literature

When we define Coptic literature as ‘literature surviving in Coptic’, which is a gross simplification, the landscape of the south-eastern Fayyum, where also Naqlūn is found, becomes of prime importance for our knowledge of its final phases. In the 9th-10th centuries this region saw the activity of the famous scriptorium of Touton and the nearby monastery at Hamouli is one of only four roughly contemporaneous ‘libraries’ of Coptic literary manuscripts that survive. My presentation will focus on the Hamouli-hoard and its significance for the study of Coptic literary culture.

Joost Hagen

Leiden / Leipzig
Saint Aūr, the Books of the Investiture of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel, and the Four Creatures of Revelation

The library of the monastery of the archangel Michael at Hamouli in the Fayyum included copies of three Coptic texts celebrating the following angelical saints: Pseudo-John Chrysostom's Encomium for the Feast Day of the Four Creatures (in the Sahidic dialect), and the Books of the Investiture of the archangels Michael, attributed to John the Evangelist (in Sahidic and Fayyumic), and Gabriel, attributed to Stephen the Archdeacon (Sahidic). These three works belong to a larger group of (homilies quoting from) books allegedly written by the apostles and preserved and discovered in ‘the library of Jerusalem’, a genre to which also one version of the story of saint Aūr belongs. In this presentation, several links between the texts about Aūr, Gabriel, Michael and the Four Creatures are investigated; also, my present experiences with teaching Fayyumic Coptic at the Leipzig Institute of Egyptology and its potential interest for Egyptology will be mentioned.

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