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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1235: The Medieval Nile and Red Sea as a Passage of Transmission, III: Monks and Monasteries

Wednesday 6 July 2016, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Adam Simmons, Department of History, Lancaster University
Moderator/Chair:Giovanni Ruffini, Department of History, Fairfield University
Paper 1235-aTransmission of Religious Literature between Islamic Egypt and Christian Nubia
(Language: English)
Alexandros Tsakos, Institutt for Arkeologi, Historie, Kultur - og Religionsvitenskap, Universitetet I Bergen
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Literacy and Orality, Monasticism
Paper 1235-bDeir Anba Hadra: A Monastery between Christianity and Islam
(Language: English)
Sebastian Olschok, Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies (BerGSAS), Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin
Lena Krastel, Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies, Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Architecture - Religious, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Monasticism
Paper 1235-cLanguage Contact and Translation Practices in Medieval Nubia
(Language: English)
Vincent van Gerven Oei, punctum books / Centre for Modern Thought, University of Aberdeen
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - Other

Despite the Muslim conquest of Egypt, there remained a high concentration of Christians along the Nile Valley. Living as dhimmis, Christians were subjected to heavy taxes and remained in fear of persecution. Though some monasteries and churches were destroyed, many survived and often thrived. How did Christianity along the Nile pursue the transmission of texts and ideas? This session looks at the cooperation between monasteries to protect Christianity. It is also important to separate monks from monasteries and understand the influential role played by each of them individually, since monks travelled between sites and explored vast areas akin to pilgrims.