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The mirage of the Saracen : Christians and nomads in the Sinai Peninsula in late antiquity

Author: Walter D Ward
Publisher: Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2015]
Series: Transformation of the classical heritage, 54.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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'The Mirage of the Saracen analyzes the growth of monasticism and Christian settlements in the Sinai Peninsula through the early seventh century CE. Walter D. Ward examines the ways in which Christian monks justified occupying the Sinai through creating associations between Biblical narratives and Sinai sites while assigning uncivilized, negative, and oppositional traits to the indigenous nomadic population, whom  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Walter D Ward
ISBN: 9780520283770 0520283775
OCLC Number: 877369652
Description: xxvii, 193 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Saracens --
Monasticism and pilgrimage in the Sinai --
The Sinai as Christian space --
Martyrdom in the Sinai --
Response to the Saracen threat --
Murderous sword of the Saracens/conclusion.
Series Title: Transformation of the classical heritage, 54.
Other Titles: Christians and nomads in the Sinai Peninsula in late antiquity
Responsibility: Walter D. Ward.

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Examines the ways in which Christian monks justified occupying the Sinai through creating associations between Biblical narratives and Sinai sites while assigning uncivilized, negative, and  Read more...

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"A fine study of Christian colonization, spatial and spiritual, of the Sinai Peninsula... a very good book." -- E. J. Hutchinson Bryn Mawr Classical Review

 
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