Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 March 2009

360 Pages | 90 b/w illustrations

6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9789774162602

Bookseller Code (06)

Christianity and Monasticism in Wadi al-Natrun

Essays from the 2002 International Symposium of the Saint Mark Foundation and the Saint Shenouda the Archimandrite Coptic Society

Edited by Maged S.A. Mikhail and Mark Moussa

A Publication of The American University in Cairo Press

Wadi al-Natrun, a depression in the Western Desert of Egypt, is one of the most important centers for the development and continued thriving of the Coptic monastic tradition. Christianity and monasticism have prospered there from as early as the fourth century until the present day, when four major monasteries still flourish. Here, international specialists in Coptology, examine various aspects of Coptic civilization in Wadi al-Natrun over the past seventeen hundred years. The studies center on aspects of the history and development of monasticism inWadi al-Natrun, as well as the art, architecture, and archaeology of the four existing and numerous former monasteries of the region.