- Title Pages
- List of Illustrations
- 1 Cairo
- 2 A Love of Learning
- 3 A Prominent Family
- 4 The State Railways
- 5 Education and Legislation
- 6 Simaika and the British Administrators
- 7 An Ancient Church
- 8 The Patriarchs
- 9 The Awakening of the Coptic Church
- 10 Al-Majlis al-Milli
- 11 The Coptic and Ethiopian Dispute over Deir al-Sultan in Jerusalem
- 12 Travels in Sudan
- 13 A Crumbling Heritage
- 14 The Committee for the Preservation of Arab Art
- 15 A New Museum
- 16 A State Institution
- 17 Searching for Antiquities, Saving Libraries
- 18 Recognition
- Selected Bibliography
- (p.75) 8 The Patriarchs
- Marcus Simaika
- American University in Cairo Press
This chapter discusses Marcus Simaika's relationship with the Coptic patriarchs of his time as a member, then vice president, of the Coptic Community Council (Majlis al-Milli) for thirty-nine consecutive years. In his attempts to start a Coptic museum, which needed patriarchal approval, Simaika fought many battles and used much diplomacy and compromise in his dealings with the Coptic hierarchy. The full title of the patriarch, the leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church, is “Pope and Lord Archbishop of the Great City of Alexandria and Patriarch of all Africa on the Holy Orthodox and Apostolic Throne of Saint Mark the Evangelist, Holy Apostle and Martyr, that is in Egypt, Pentapolis, Libya, Nubia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and all Africa.” These patriarchs include Cyril IV, Cyril V, and Yohannes XIX.
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