Atiya, Aziz S.

Aziz Suryal Atiya
عزيز سوريال عطية
Ⲁⲍⲓⲍ Ⲥⲟⲩⲣⲓⲁⲗ Ⲁϯⲁ
Born( 1898-07-05)July 5, 1898
DiedSeptember 24, 1988 (1988-09-25) (aged 90)
USA
NationalityEgyptian
Alma materUniversity of Cairo,

Alexandria University, University of Cambridge ,

University of Utah United States
Known forCoptologist,

Coptic historian

and scholar and an expert in Islamic and Crusades studies.
Awards(Doctor of Letters) University of Liverpool 1938 ,

honorary Doctor of Laws (LL.D.),

Brigham Young University United States 1967
Scientific career
FieldsCoptology, Author of The Coptic Encyclopedia

published in 1991

New York: Macmillan Publishing Company
InstitutionsFounder of the Institute of Coptic Studies in Cairo in 1950s ,

founder of the Middle East Center,

University of Utah United States
InfluencedLabib Habachi,Sami Gabra

Aziz Suryal Atiya (Arabic: عزيز سوريال عطية, Coptic: Ⲁⲍⲓⲍ Ⲥⲟⲩⲣⲓⲁⲗ Ⲁϯⲁ; July 5, 1898 – September 24, 1988)[1] was an Egyptian Coptologist who was a Coptic historian and scholar and an expert in Islamic and Crusades studies.

Atiya was the founder of the Institute of Coptic Studies in Cairo in 1950s, and was also the founder of the Middle East Center, University of Utah.[2]

His library, The Aziz Atiya Library for Middle East Studies at University of Utah, is considered the fifth largest such collection in North America and is recognized internationally as a major research library in this field.[3]

While at the University of Utah, Professor Atiya rediscovered ten lost papyri fragments related to the Mormon scripture, Book of Abraham, in the archives of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Work[]

Atiya published a large study entitled The Crusades in the Later Middle Ages in 1938, and was also the first author of The Coptic Encyclopedia, published in 1991.[4]

The chapters on the Copts in his book The History of Eastern Christianity (1968, 1980) have become landmarks, not only for specialists but also for the general public.[2]

It was Atiya who, after many lively debates with the publishers and their readers, had the words 'Coptology' and 'Coptologist' introduced into the English language.[5]

He could speak English, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Latin, and to a lesser extent, Spanish, Greek, Coptic, Turkish, Welsh, and Dutch.

Academic career[]

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References[]

  1. ^ Egypt Radio[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b Coptology Amazon
  3. ^ Aziz Atiya Library Archived February 23, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Bibliothèque nationale de France {BnF Data}. "ʿAzīz Sūryāl ʿAṭiyyaẗ (1898-1988)".
  5. ^ John H. Watson, Among the Copts
  6. ^ Atiya, A. Suryal. (1991). The Coptic encyclopedia. New York: Macmillan.
  7. ^ Atiya, A. Suryal. (1938). The crusade in the later middle ages. London: Methuen & co., ltd.
  8. ^ Atiya, A. Suryal., Mézières, P. de., Deschamps, E. (1934). The crusade of Nicopolis. London: Methuen & co. ltd.
  9. ^ Atiya, A. Suryal. (1962). The crusade. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

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