Dr Lisa Agaiby

Research Co-ordinator & Senior Lecturer in Coptic Studies



Dr Agaiby received a Ph.D. from Macquarie University, Sydney Australia, and a Ph.D. from the University of Göttingen, Germany. Her areas of interest include Christianity in Late Antique, Early Egyptian Monasticism, Coptic Archaeology, and Christian-Arabic Studies. Her latest publications include The Arabic Life of Antony Attributed to Serapion of Thmuis: Cultural Memory Reinterpreted (Brill, 2018); Copts in Modernity, Lisa Agaiby, Mark N. Swanson, and Nelly van Doorn Harder, eds. (Brill, 2021); and The Greek, Coptic and Arabic Sayings of Antony the Great, co-author with Tim Vivian (Liturgical Press, forthcoming). She is currently leading a project to digitise and catalogue the entire collection of Coptic and Arabic manuscripts at the ancient Monastery of St Paul the Hermit at the Red Sea, Egypt.


  • BA – Newcastle University
  • MA (Egyptology) – Macquarie University
  • MA (Coptic Studies) – Macquarie University
  • PhD – University of Göttingen
  • PhD – Macquarie University