Aziz Suryal Atiya
|Aziz Suryal Atiya
عزيز سوريال عطية
July 5, 1898|
Zefta , Egypt
|Died||September 24, 1988
|Institutions||University of Utah USA|
|Alma mater||University of Utah USA|
prominent Coptologist, Coptic historianand scholar and an expert in Islamic and Crusades studies.
|Influenced||Labib Habachi,Sami Gabra|
|Notable awards||Brigham Young University USA 1967|
Professor Aziz Suryal Atiya (Arabic: عزيز سوريال عطية; July 5, 1898 - September 24, 1988) was a prominent Coptologist who was a Coptic historian and scholar and an expert in Islamic and Crusades studies.
His library, The Aziz Atiya Library for Middle East Studies at University of Utah, is considered the fifth largest such collection in North America and is recognized internationally as a major research library in this field.
He was married, and father of two children.
Professor Atiya published a large study The Crusades in the Later Middle Ages in 1938, and was also the first author of The Coptic Encyclopedia published in 1991.
The chapters on the Copts in his book The History of Eastern Christianity (1968, 1980) have become landmarks, not only for specialists but also for the general public.
He could speak English, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Latin, and to a lesser extent, Spanish, Greek, Coptic, Turkish, Welsh, and Dutch.
Academic career 
- Honorary Professor of Medieval (including Oriental) History for Kahle's Orientalisches Seminar in Bonn, Germany 1935-1939
- Professor of Medieval History at Cairo University 1939-1942.
- Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Arts (1949–1950) and Chairman of the History Department at Alexandria University 1952-1954.
- Medieval Academy Visiting Professor of Arabic Studies at University of Michigan.
- Positions at the Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University.
- Patten Visiting Professor and Lecturer at Indiana University1957
- Professor of Arabic and Islamic History at Princeton University (1957–1958).
- Professor of Languages and History at University of Utah 1959.
- Earned a B.A. with first-class honors in Medieval and Modern History University of Liverpool in England 1931.
- Ph.D. in Arabic and Islamic Studies University of London 1933.
- Awarded a D.Litt.(Doctor of Letters) University of Liverpool 1938.
- Granted the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters and honorary Doctor of Laws (LL.D.), Brigham Young University USA 1967.
- The Arabic Manuscripts of Mount Sinai: A Hand-list of the Arabic Manuscripts and Scrolls Microfilmed at the Library of the Monastery of St. Catherine (1955). ASIN B0006AU4NM.
- The Coptic Encyclopedia, vol. 1 (1991). ASIN B000VO57ZI.
- The Copts and Christian Civilization (1979). ISBN 978-0-87480-145-3.
- Crusade, Commerce and Culture (1962). ISBN ASIN B0000CLOTM.
- The Crusade (1977). ISBN 978-0-8371-8364-0.
- The Crusade Historiography and Bibliography (1962). ASIN B0000CLOU1.
- The Crusade in the Later Middle Ages, 2nd. ed. (1970). ASIN B0006D07U4.
- The Crusade of Nicopolis (1934). ASIN B0008620YK.
- Crusades (1962). ISBN ISBN 978-0-19-690008-7.
- Egypt and Aragon: Embassies and Diplomatic Correspondence Between 1300 and 1330 A.D. (1966). ASIN B0007J1LYI.
- A Fourteenth Century Encyclopedist from Alexandria (1977). ASIN B0006XYA4I.
- A History of Eastern Christianity (1980). ISBN 978-0-527-03703-1. This is an expanded edition of the first edition published in 1968. ASIN B000IOZ7AG.
- The Monastery of St Catherine and the Mount Sinai Expedition (1952). ASIN B0007EBOK4.
- Atiya published approximately twenty books, many of which are multi-volume projects also journal articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia articles, including authoring or co-authoring dozens in the monumental Coptic Encyclopedia.
See also 
- Book of Abraham
- Coptic history
- Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria
- List of Copts
- Lists of Egyptians
- Institute of Coptic Studies
- Aziz S. Atiya Biography
- Atiya, Aziz S. The Coptic Encyclopedia. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1991. ISBN 0-02-897025-X.
- Claremont Coptic Encyclopedia, updated and maintained by the School of Religion at Claremont Graduate University
- Articles authored/co-authored by Atiya as listed in the Claremont Coptic Encyclopedia
- Books titles by Aziz Suryal Atiya
- عزيز سوريال عطية