faith after the pharaohs


The first millennium in Egypt saw a transition from an ancient pantheon of pagan gods to the one God of the three Abrahamic faiths. Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities were established in succession and peacefully co-existed for long periods of time periodically interrupted by conflict and violence, each faith responding to pre-existing traditions by either rejecting earlier artistic ideas or by adapting and assimilating them.


ISBN: 9780714151144 Category:

Gisela Helmecke, Elisabeth R. O'Connell


Due to its arid climate, Egypt preserves a unique range and abundance of evidence providing insights into the emergence and establishment of new religions, their relationship to each other and the pagan past. Over 300 objects have been specially selected for this publication, drawing on the significant collections of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and the British Museum and reflecting the rich cultural diversity of the Nile Valley from the first to the twelfth century AD. Through beautiful works of art, including jewellery, painted panels, textiles, sculpture, calligraphy, manuscripts, glass and ceramics, we gain a better understanding of the lives of ordinary and extraordinary people in this important period in Egyptian history. The book also reveals the different types of sacred buildings – synagogue, church, and mosque – and explains their architectural history and dissemination in Egypt.

Additional information

Weight 1482 g
Dimensions 24.1 x 27 cm
Publisher name The British Museum Press
Publication date 1 April 2016
Number of pages 288
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 24.1 x 27 cm
Weight 1482 g


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