Mount Sinai: A History Of Travellers And Pilgrims by George ManginisMount Sinai: A History Of Travellers And Pilgrims by George Manginis

Mount Sinai: A History Of Travellers And Pilgrims

byGeorge Manginis

Hardcover | June 15, 2016

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A mountain peak above Saint Catherine’s Monastery in Egypt, Mount Sinai is best known as the site where Moses received the Ten Commandments in the biblical Book of Exodus. Mount Sinai brings this rich history to light, exploring the ways in which the landscape of Mount Sinai’s summit has been experienced and transformed over the centuries, from the third century BCE to World War I.

As an important site for multiple religions, Mount Sinai has become a major destination for hundreds of visitors per day. In this multifaceted book, George Manginis delves into the natural environment of Mount Sinai, its importance in the Muslim tradition, the cult of Saint Catherine, the medieval pilgrimage phenomenon, modern-day tourism, and much more. Featuring notes, a bibliography, and illustrations from nineteenth-century travelers’ books, this deft blend of historical analysis, art history, and archaeological interpretation will appeal to tourists and scholars alike.
George Manginis is a senior teaching fellow in the Department of the History of Art and Archaeology at SOAS, University of London.
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Title:Mount Sinai: A History Of Travellers And PilgrimsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:286 pages, 8.25 × 4.25 × 1 inPublished:June 15, 2016Publisher:Haus PublishingLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Geography
                Place Names
                Geomorphology
                Climate
                Flora and Fauna
Chapter 1
                People of the Desert
                Anchorites
                Uneasy Symbiosis
                Early Buildings
                Early Narrations
                Holy Wilderness
Chapter 2
                Justinian’s Project
                                The Fortress and Other Buildings in Wadi l-Dayr
                                The Basilica on Jabal Musa
                The Monastic Ultimate
                Imperial Landscape
Chapter 3
                The Early Islamic Period
                                Sinai and Islam
                                Itinerant Monks
                                Conversion of the Laymen
                                Collapse of the Basilica
                                A Virgin Martyr
                The Age of Pilgrimage
                                Passage to Heaven
                                Muslim Patronage
                                Early Medieval Pilgrimage
                                Late Medieval Pilgrimage
                The Ottoman Period
                Place of Devotion
Chapter 4
                Sinai Questioned
                                Alternative Sinais
                Orthodox Christianity
                Rapacious Scholars
                Sinai Represented
                Intrepid Tourists
                Object of Inquiry
Epilogue
Notes
List of Pilgrims and Travellers
Image Credits
Bibliography
Index
 

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"George Manginis has trawled archives and published accounts to create the biography of the mountain, telling the story of the devout, the scholars, and the tourists who have helped shape its history. His book is likely to stand as the last word on one of the world’s most enduring places, unless an angel appears to tell the divine side of the story."