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THERE IS NO EXCUSE WHATSOEVER FOR MONASTERIES IN EGYPT TO PROMOTE ARABIC AT THE EXPENSE OF COPTIC LANGUAGE EVEN IF IT IS THE GREAT MONASTERY OF SAINT ANTHONY

January 12, 2014

saint antony main gateGate of the Monastery of Saint Antony, Red Sea, Egypt, with its name displayed in Arabic, English and Coptic

In a previous article, we spoke about the neglect of Coptic language as displayed in the plaques of our sacred space, and gave one example from Switzerland: The Coptic Orthodox Church of the Virgin Mary in Meyrin, Geneva (Eglise Copte Orthodoxe de la Vierge Marie de la Suisse Romande – Genève Rue Virginio-Malnati 35, 1217 Meyrin, Switzerland). When you visit that church you will find that its name is displayed only in French and Arabic without Coptic at all. We asked: How can our children in the Diaspora know their national language or manage to keep their Coptic identity if their sacred places do not show pride in their language? Those that use Coptic, quite often relegate it to a last place. Today, we put up another example, from the Monastery of Saint Antony at the Red Sea, Egypt, no less! At its gate, the monastery’s name is displayed top, and largest, in Arabic, then English, then Coptic!

It should be first Coptic, our national language, then the dominant language (Arabic), then the tourist language (English).  I hope this will make some ashamed of this, and try to amend matters. But it is a defect that affects most of our churches, monasteries, schools and social activity venues – these assist Arabisation of the Copts and the killing of our language. Do they feel proud of that?

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. Samir permalink
    January 12, 2014 11:48 pm

    My our LORD YASHUE keep HIS eyes upon you and give you peace… You doing GREAT JOB , Thank you.

    • Dioscorus Boles permalink*
      January 13, 2014 2:06 pm

      Thanks for your support! DB

  2. January 13, 2014 3:14 pm

    I truly agree. As a coptic youth myself I have involved myself into integrated studies on the Coptic language so I can learn it as a second language for me. I wish to keep our historical mother tounge language for generations and generations to come. Thanks for this article, keep up the good work.

    • Dioscorus Boles permalink*
      January 13, 2014 3:15 pm

      Thanks for your support! DB

  3. January 14, 2014 3:23 pm

    This article sums up my own outsiders difficulties learning, as a curious student of native indigenous pre ArabEmpire first nations, ,to borrow a term from Canada for Canadian Native NorthAmerican Indians! This seems to be a reflection of the struggle of the Lebanese Aramaic speaking pre ArabEmpire nation too! I am so glad to have the good works of the author of this account, Dioscorus Boles! This work is invaluable, indeed! EgyptiCoptic is Egyptian pre ArabEmpire ethnic culture’s northern, non Nubian, first nation ! No body else can afford to loose this world, gold mine of hidden heritage! But especially Egypt cannot afford to loose the classical first nation roots of Egypt’s pre ArabEmpire social world! I saw some Maronites teaching Aramaic in Israel to little kids! That greatly warmed my soul and animated my spirit! I wish I could see that kind of activity for Coptic Egyptians! Thank you,for your priceless work,conserving Coptic heritage! Egypt’s life breath depends on it! Our whole SocialHumanRace does, also need to know Egyptian Coptic is living!

  4. January 14, 2014 3:36 pm

    I just noticed ,I may have made a big error, by my overzealous attempt at geographic distinctions between Nubians and Coptic Egyptians! I do understand, it could be taken as segregationist by my statement regarding Coptic being northern Egyptian compared to Nubian southerners! I hope It did not ruin my hopeful praise for both your common struggles along side your civil social Arab neighbors, as the Scholar, Dioscorus Boles explained so well in the article regarding the harmony of Celtic nations with England with in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland!

  5. mindthehat permalink
    January 21, 2014 6:02 am

    Thank you for a great piece. Another example of how the Church is destroying the Coptic culture!

    • Dioscorus Boles permalink*
      January 21, 2014 12:50 pm

      Thanks for your comment, Mindthehat, after a ling absence.

      The position of the Church is mire complex. While some in the Coptic Church help the process of Arabisation, whether consciously or unconsciously, others do work to oppose it.

  6. Dioscorus Boles permalink*
    October 26, 2015 10:03 am

    Reblogged this on ON COPTIC NATIONALISM في القومية القبطية.

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