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December 10, 2016


Mu’awad Dauod Abdel Nour (1921 – 2000)

Possibly, the most comprehensive available Coptic-Arabic dictionary is Dictionary of the Coptic Language in Bohairic and Sahidic Dialects, compiled and arranged by the Coptic deacon and linguist, Mu’awad Dauod Abdel Nour (1921 – 2000).

Abdel Nour produced the first version of his great word in the years 1981-88 in four parts, including only Bohairic words, and as hand-written print. In 1999, again hand-written, he printed the same after adding Sahidic words to it. In 2000, an electronic print appeared, shortly after the passing away of the author. A third print was produced in 2013 by the Coptic Orthodox Cultural Centre, in Cairo.


The dictionary is perhaps not very helpful for English-speaking readers who don’t have some knowledge of Arabic. One would hope that a further version of the dictionary will be produced to include Coptic-English translation. For those who know Arabic, the dictionary includes at the eand an index of Arabic words, alphabetically arranged, with the pages in the book that contain the equivalent Coptic words. It is very helpful.

The dictionary can be ordered from St. Mina Monastery in Maryout Press (email: It is also available in large Coptic bookshops in Egypt. In October 2016, it was sold for E£180.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Epiphanius Elmacary permalink
    December 11, 2016 3:39 am

    Dear in Christ
    The photo included is of dr Mina Badee Abdel’Malik

    Sent from my iPad

    • Dioscorus Boles permalink*
      December 11, 2016 10:04 am

      Thank you. Do you have a photo of Abdel Nour?

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