I.K.I. (Ibrahim) Saweros

  • PhD student
  • Coptology

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2171
E-Mail: i.k.i.saweros@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, SMES Egyptologie
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
Matthias de Vrieshof 1
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 2.04c

Fields of interest

- Coptic Literature
- The Ancient Egyptian Army

PhD research

Four Coptic homilies attributed to Athanasius of Alexendria
Supervisors: Jacques van der Vliet and Olaf Kaper

I work on a group of Sahidic texts attributed to st. Athanasius of Alexandria (Pseudo-Athanasius).The writer tells some miracles of the Archangel Michael and St. Pachomius; attacks Arius the heretic; praises Alexander Archbishop of Alexandria because of his works in the council of Nicaea; and describes a meeting between st. Pachomius and st. Athanasius while he was exiled. In the biggest part of these texts, the writer attacks adulterers; explains how rich men can go to the kingdom of heaven; advices the poor not to envy them, and encourages people to go to the church and share in the Eucharist.

In my research I will study the authenticity of the texts and try to find an accurate dating to them using other parallel texts (Sahidic and Arabic), and find out how the people of this age viewed their hero, the founder of orthodoxy, Athanasius. A big part of my thesis will be about the Coptic Christianity at that period throw these texts, and how it was growing at this stage of its long history especially after the Arab conquest. I also will focus on the language itself and study the dialectical variants in the texts.


After a BA in Egyptology, Sohag University, Egypt, In 2002 I got a job as assistant lecturer at the same university, and started my research in Egyptology. I was fond in the ancient Egyptian Army, focusing on the non-Egyptian soldiers. In 2008 I got my MA degree with a thesis titled “Mercenaries in the Ancient Egyptian Army up to the End of the New Kingdom”, and became a member of joint Egyptian-German mission surveyed the First Intermediate Period tombs at Asyut. In 2009 I was awarded a scholarship from the Egyptian Government to finish my PhD in Coptology abroad.

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