Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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The Life of Patriarch Matthew I
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We do not know the name of the author of a funeral oration (marthiya) and biography (sīra) for Coptic Patriarch Matthew I (the 87th patriarch, 1378-1408). From the text itself it can be deduced that he was a pious and articulate Coptic monk or clergyman who was close to the patriarch and in a position to begin writing his biography even before his death – which, the author informs us, the hol…

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N. Swanson, Mark, “The Life of Patriarch Matthew I”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 10 August 2020 <>
First published online: 2010

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