Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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George the Archdeacon
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A passing reference and two notices in The History of the patriarchs of Alexandria (Evetts, PO 5, pp. 20, 90-91; PO 10, p. 360) allow us to identify the author of one of its sources as Jirja, a monk (probably of the monastery of St Macarius in the Wādī al-Naṭrūn) and archdeacon who was the spiritual son of John III, (the 40th Coptic patriarch, 680-89), served as secretary to Simon, (42nd patriarch, 692-700), and was spiritual father to a …

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N. Swanson, Mark, “George the Archdeacon”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 26 November 2020 <>
First published online: 2010

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