This article situates the mass mariophanies reported at Zeitoun (Cairo), Egypt, from 1968 to 1971 in their historical, political, interfaith, and ecumenical contexts. The series of luminous apparitions above St. Mary’s Coptic Orthodox Church were first observed by nearby Muslim public transit workers. Soon after, the site attracted tens of thousands of Christian and Muslim pilgrims, many of whom observed bright light in the form of the Virgin Mary in addition to other manifestations, such as dove-shaped lights hovering above or near the church. Miraculous healings were also reported. The Zeitoun apparitions serve as a unique instance within the broader study of Marian apparitions by providing a non-Catholic example that took place within a Muslim-majority nation over a span of nearly three years. Moreover, full contextualization of the events in Zeitoun requires interdisciplinary attention spanning Middle Eastern, Islamic, and ecumenical studies; as such, the apparitions invite further and fuller examination in the secondary literature.
Research Article| November 01 2017
Our Lady of Zeitoun (1968–1971): Egyptian Mariophanies in Historical, Interfaith, and Ecumenical Context
Nova Religio (2017) 21 (2): 85–99.
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Donald A. Westbrook; Our Lady of Zeitoun (1968–1971): Egyptian Mariophanies in Historical, Interfaith, and Ecumenical Context. Nova Religio 1 November 2017; 21 (2): 85–99. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/nr.2017.21.2.85
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