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From Christian Egypt to Islamic Egypt: Religion, Identity, and Politics After the Arab Conquest
The conquest of Egypt by Islamic armies under the command of Amr ibn al-As in the seventh century transformed medieval Egyptian society. Seeking to uncover the broader cultural changes of the period by drawing on a wide array of literary and documentary sources, Maged Mikhail stresses the cultural and institutional developments that punctuated the histories of Christians ...more
Paperback, 429 pages
Published 2014 by The American University in Cairo Press
(first published December 1st 2012)
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For anyone interested in Egypt, Late Antiquity, or the relations between Christianity and Islam, this book is a must-have. Mikhail offers a comprehensive analysis of the changes that came over Egypt following the Arab Conquest, providing primary source evidence that rejects the traditional nationalistic historiography. The Copts are no longer presented as a monolithic culture that saw the Arab Conquerers as liberators but as a changing group that had internal divisions of their own. The ...more