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Stephen J. Davis

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The Yale Monastic Archaeology Project (YMAP) sponsors work at monastic sites in Egypt. Part one of this article reports on the discovery of manuscript fragments in the Church of St. Shenoute at the White Monastery near Sohag and on procedures and complications related to the tasks of photo-documentation and digitization. Part two focuses on the cataloguing of Coptic and Arabic manuscripts at the Monastery of the Syrians in Wādī al-Naṭrūn, where the goal of digitization is complicated by monastic concerns about cultural heritage, the legacy of colonialism, and the control of manuscript content in the digital age.

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Stephen J. Davis

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As part of a Yale-sponsored project to catalogue the Coptic and Arabic manuscripts in the library of the Monastery of Syrians in Wādī al-Naṭrūn, Egypt, the author documents several manuscripts containing the works of Evagrius Ponticus preserved in Arabic, including the only two extant complete copies of the Kephalaia Gnostika. These new discoveries significantly expand our knowledge of the Arabic Evagrian corpus and allow us to trace more fully the reception of his writings in that language. This article also providing sample catalogue entries for the relevant manuscripts, previewing the content of the multi-volume publication currently in preparation.