Download e-book for iPad: Mirage of the Saracen: Christians and Nomads in the Sinai by Walter D. Ward

By Walter D. Ward

ISBN-10: 0520283775

ISBN-13: 9780520283770

Mirage of the Saracen analyzes the expansion of monasticism and Christian settlements within the Sinai Peninsula in the course of the early 7th century C.E. Walter D. Ward examines the ways that Christian clergymen justified occupying the Sinai via growing institutions among Biblical narratives and Sinai websites whereas assigning uncivilized, detrimental, and oppositional qualities to the indigenous nomadic inhabitants, whom the Christians pejoratively known as "Saracens." through writing edifying stories of adversarial nomads and the consequent martyrdom of the clergymen, Christians not just bolstered their claims to the religious advantages of asceticism but in addition provoked the Roman professionals to reinforce safeguard of pilgrimage routes to the Sinai. while Muslim armies later started conquering the center East, Christians additionally classified those new conquerors as Saracens, connecting Muslims to those pre-Islamic representations. This well timed and appropriate paintings builds a ancient account of interreligious encounters within the historical global, exhibiting the Sinai as a crucible for forging long-lasting photographs of either Christians and Muslims, a few of which undergo today.

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