Writings and Publications
authored by Adel Bestavros was published in 1991 as part of The Coptic
Encyclopedia (Aziz Suryal Atiya, Editor), Macmillan. Original drafts of the
article were completed in 1990.
The Organization and History of the Patriarchal Laical Councils in the
Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt
This article authored by Adel Bestavros was published in 1976 by the Society
of the Law of the Oriental Churches (Societe du Droit des Eglises Orientales),
headquartered in Austria. He presented the content of this article at the
Third General Assembly of that Society in Ravenna, Italy, in September 1975.
Original drafts of the article were completed on August 22, 1975.
Sunday In Egypt
communiqué prepared in 1957 by Adel Bestavros describing the reaction of the
Coptic Community, including its lay councils, to the initial phases of the
marginalization of the Coptic community, which started as early as 1956,
when efforts began to force Coptic businesses to observe Friday as national
The Coptic Constitution: A Platform for Reform of Coptic Church Affairs
summarized the platform upon which a group of seven Coptic lay leaders who
called themselves the "Popular Front",
including 33-year-old Adel Bestavros, ran for elections to the Lay Council
in 1957. It describes their vision for reforms of the Coptic Church, which
(as history attests) revitalized the church under the pontificate of
educated clergy, headed by Pope Cyril VI, and later by Pope Shenouda III.
This platform was drafted by Adel Bestavros.
ElWakt ElMakboul (The Acceptable Time)
was published in two volumes by Adel Bestavros to celebrate the life of his
beloved brother Dr. Naguib Bestavros, who died in 1957 at the age of thirty
after a long battle with diabetes. The book represents a
collection of spiritual essays and reflections written by Dr. Naguib, a renown preacher who devoted his medical career to helping the poor.
The two volumes were re-printed in 1984.