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Maged S.A. Mikhail, Ph.D.

Professor of History


I was born in Cairo, Egypt, and immigrated to the United States with my parents in 1983. I grew up in Southern California, where I completed my Ph.D. at UCLA in 2004.

Research Areas

Late Antiquity, Early Islam, Coptic Studies


Select Publications: 


The Legacy of Demetrius of Alexandria 189-231 CE: The Form and Function of Hagiography in Late Antique and Islamic Egypt, Routledge Studies in Early Christianity (London and New York: Routledge, 2017).

From Byzantine to Islamic Egypt: Religion, Identity, and Politics after the Arab Conquest (London and New York: I.B. Tauris, 2014). Paperback 2016.

The Holy Workshop of Virtue: The Life of John the Little by Zacharias of Sakhā, with Tim Vivian. (Collegeville: Liturgical Press/Cistercian Publications, 2010).

Articles and Book Chapters: 

"The Evolution of Lent in Alexandria and the Alleged Reforms of Patriarch Demetrius,” in Copts in Context: Negotiating Identity, Tradition, and Modernity , ed. Nelly van Doorn-Harder (South Carolina: The University of South Carolina Press, 2017), 169-180, 252-258.

“The Fast of the Apostles in the Early Church and in Later Syrian and Coptic Practice,” Oriens Christianus 98 (2015), 1-20.

“A Lost Chapter in the History of Wadi al-Natrun (Scetis): The Coptic Lives and Monastery of Abba John Khame,” Le Muséon: Revue d’études orientales 127.1-2 (2014), 149-85.

“The Coptic Orthodox Church and Community from the Arab Conquest through the Mamluk Sultanate (641-1517 ce),” in The Coptic Christian Heritage: History, Faith, and Culture, ed. L. Farag (New York: Rutledge Press, 2013), 39-53.

“An Orientation to the Sources and Study of Early Islamic Egypt (641 - 868 ce),” History Compass 8.8 (2010), 929-950.

“Notes on the Ahl al-Dīwān: The Arab-Egyptian Army of the Seventh through Ninth Centuries ce,” Journal of the American Oriental Society 128.2 (2008), 273-284.