Coptic Studies Lecture by Maged S. A. Mikhail

Claremont Graduate University School of Arts and Humanities Department of Religion and the Council for Coptic Studies
cordially invite you to a public lecture:

"Harmony and Discord in Tenth-Century Egypt: Christians and Muslims Reenvisioning Community and Identity"

Dr. Maged S. A. Mikhail
California State University Fullerton

4:00 pm, Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Burkle Building, Room 16
1021 N. Dartmouth Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711

The Arab conquest in the seventh century initiated fundamental changes in every aspect of Egyptian life and culture. Far too often, however, academics have taken for granted the incremental shifts by which Egypt’s overwhelmingly Christian, Byzanto-Coptic society transitioned into a culture dominated by the Islamic religion and the Arabic language. This lecture traces the centuries-long processes by which that transformation came about. It focuses on the means by which early Arab Muslims exchanged their tribal, marshal ethic for agricultural interests and urban professions, and how the Coptic Orthodox Church and community negotiated Arab political rule and, subsequently, a new socio-religious environment. The analysis argues for the bourgeoning of a new society in tenth-century Egypt—one in which Christians and Muslims shared the same socio-economic concerns and expressed similar anxieties. Strikingly, however, that nascent society was at once homogenous, yet deeply sectarian.

Maged S.A. Mikhail is Associate Professor of History at California State University at Fullerton. He received his MA and Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. Select Publications: From Byzantine to Islamic Egypt: Religion, Identity and Politics after the Arab Conquest (London: I.B.Tauris, 2014);  “A Lost Chapter in the History of Wadi al-Natrun (Scetis): The Coptic Lives and Monastery of Abba John Khame,” Le Muséon: Revue d’études orientales 127.1-2 (2014), 149-85; “The Coptic Orthodox Church and Community from the Arab Conquest through the Mamluk Sultanate (641 - 1517 CE),” in The Coptic Christian Heritage: History, Faith, and Culture, ed. L. Farag (New York: Rutledge Press, 2014); “An Orientation to the Sources and Study of Early Islamic Egypt (641 - 868 CE),” History Compass 8.8 (2010), 929-950; “Notes on the Ahl al-Dīwān: The Arab-Egyptian Army of the Seventh through Ninth Centuries CE,” Journal of the American Oriental Society 128.2 (2008), 273-284.

Burkle 16