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ARABS OF THE ABBASID PERIOD KNEW THAT THE COPTS WERE THE DESCENDANTS OF THE PHARAOHS

September 20, 2018

When the Abbasid Caliph, al-Mamoun (813 – 833), came to Egypt to suppress the Coptic Revolt in 831 – 832), he enquired about the origin of the Copts. Al-Mamoun asked his governor in Egypt, ‘Amru ibn Abdulla al-Shibani, “Oh, ‘Amru, do you know where these Copts came from?” And al-Shibani responded: “They are the remnants of the Pharaohs who were in Egypt.”

We are told that in Ahkam Ahal al-Zimma (The Rules of Dimmitude) by the Islamic scholar Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah (1292 – 1350).[1]

[1] أحكام أهل الذمة كتاب لابن قيم الجوزية. تحقيق صبحي الصالح. دار العلم للملايين، بيروت. ط٢. جزء اول، ص ٢١٧-٢١٨.

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