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Cyril IV,
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Coptic patriarch 1854–1861 (Dâwûd Tûmâs Bâshût, born 1816 near Ahmîm). In 1828, he entered the monastery of St. Anthony and was elected abbot in 1830. In 1851, he undertook a mission to Ethiopia on behalf of Peter VII. In the conflict over the latter's successor, the reform camp prevailed and elected Cyril patriarch. He introduced comprehensive reforms, which marked the turning point towards modernity within the Coptic Church (Copts: I). He founded four schools in which Western languages in particular were taught. Since two of the schools accepted…

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Reiss, Wolfram, “Cyril IV,”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 14 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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