• Title: Shenoute and the Women of the White Monastery: Egyptian Monasticism in Late Antiquity
  • Author: Rebecca Krawiec
  • Released: 2002-01-24
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 264
  • ISBN: 0195129431
  • ISBN13: 978-0195129434
  • ASIN: 0195129431
Review
"This well-written book is an important contribution to the study of Egyptian monasticism and Egyptian church history."--Religious Studies Review


"A work of painstaking historical reconstruction, this book also offers a sophisticated and original theoretical reading of the way power and gender shaped the life of a particular early Christian monastic community. It is the deft weaving of these two perspectives that makes this work such a valuable contribution to our emerging understanding of ancient Christian monasticism."-- American Benedictine Review


"Superior work...one of the best discussions of monastic life and its nuances that I have seen."--David Frankfurter, University of New Hampshire, Author of Religion in Roman Egypt


"Under the long tenure of its abbot Shenoute (385-465), the White Monastery grew to become one of the most important centers of monasticism in ancient Egypt, including several thousand monks, both male and female. Yet this dynamic and controversial leader and his many followers remain poorly known and misunderstood among contemporary historians. Rebecca Krawiec's outstanding book gives us intimate access to a community of vibrant ascetic women chafing under the leadership of a stern and irascible man. Making use of newly recovered and untranslated Coptic sources, Krawiec shows how conflicts and negotiations over everyday issues like food and clothing constructed monastic authority, holy space, gender, and family. This gracefully written study will appeal to readers interested in early Christianity, monasticism, late antiquity, and gender studies."--David Brakke, Department of Religious Studies, Indiana University, Author of Athanasius and the Politics of Asceticism




About the Author Rebecca Krawiec is at University at Buffalo, The State University of New York.

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