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Dr. Gawdat Gabra is an independent scholar specializing in Coptic studies, and former director of the Coptic Museum in Cairo (1985). He is also a member of the board of the Society of Coptic Archaeology and chief editor for the St. Mark Foundation for Coptic History Studies


He is the author and editor of numerous books related to the literary and material culture of Egyptian Christianity, including Coptic Monasteries: Egypt’s Monastic Art and Architecture and Christian Egypt: Coptic Art and Monuments through Two Millennia (both AUC Press 2002). He is also the co-editor of the three volumes of The Popes of Egypt (vol. I: AUC Press, 2004
Dr Gabra was born in Luxor, Egypt, but spend a great deal of his childhood in Aswan. He subsequently gained his LIC in Egyptian Antiquities at Cairo University in 1967, obtaining his PhD in Coptic Antiquities at Munster University, Germany.

Gawdat is currently resident in Southern California and a visiting lecturer at Claremont Graduate University.


Coptic Monasteries.

Egypt’s Monastic Art and Architecture

Gawdat Gabra


Be Thou There

The Holy Family’s Journey in Egypt

Edited with an introduction by Gawdat Gabra


The Churches of Egypt

From the Journey of the Holy Family to the present Day


Gawdat Gabra and Gertrude J.M. Van Loon

The Treasure of Coptic Art

In the Coptic Museum and Churches of Old Cairo

Gawdat Gabra and Marianne Eaton-Krauss


Christianity and Monasticism in the Fayoum Oasis


Essays from the 2004 International Symposium of the Saint Mark Foundation and the Saint Shenouda the Archimandrite Coptic Society in Honour of Martin Krause

Editor Gawdat Gabra


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