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From the Holy Mountain

A Journey Among the Christians of the Middle East
Dalrymple, William (Book - 1998)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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In 587 AD, two monks set off on an extraordinary journey that would take them in an arc across the entire Byzantine world, from the shores of the Bosphorus to the sand dunes of Egypt. On the way, John Moschos and his pupil Sophronius the Sophist stayed in caves, monasteries, and remote hermitages, collecting the wisdom of the stylites and the desert fathers before their fragile world finally shattered under the great eruption of Islam. More than a thousand years later, using Moschos's writings as his guide, William Dalrymple sets off to retrace their footsteps. Dalrymple's pilgrimage takes him through a bloody civil war in eastern Turkey, the ruins of Beirut, the vicious tensions of the West Bank, and a fundamentalist uprising in southern Egypt, and it becomes an elegy to the slowly dying civilization of Eastern Christianity and to the peoples that have kept its flame alive. From the Holy Mountain is a rich and gripping bl of history and spirituality, adventure and politics, threaded through with Dalrymple's unique sense of black comedy.
Authors: Dalrymple, William
Title: From the holy mountain
a journey among the Christians of the Middle East
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 1998
Characteristics: x, 483 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm
Notes: Originally published in 1997 in Great Britain
Maps on endpapers
ISBN: 0805058737
Branch Call Number: 915.6 Da
Statement of Responsibility: William Dalrymple
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Middle East Ethnic relations Middle East Description and travel Church history Primitive and early church, ca. 30-600 Christians Middle East
Topical Term: Church history
Christians
LCCN: 97042800
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