Shenoute and the Women of the White Monastery: Egyptian Monasticism in Late Antiquity

Hardcover | January 24, 2002

byRebecca Krawiec

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This book depicts the lives of female monks within a monastery located in upper Egypt in the period 385-464 CE. During this period, the monastery was headed by a monk named Shenoute; thirteen of his letters to the women under his care survive. These writings are fragmentary, only partiallytranslated, little studied, and written in difficult-to-decipher Coptic. Despite these problems, Krawiec has used the letters to reconstruct a series of quarrels and events in the life of the White Monastery and to discern some of the key patterns in the participants' relationships to one anotherwithin the world as they perceived it.

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This book depicts the lives of female monks within a monastery located in upper Egypt in the period 385-464 CE. During this period, the monastery was headed by a monk named Shenoute; thirteen of his letters to the women under his care survive. These writings are fragmentary, only partiallytranslated, little studied, and written in diff...

Rebecca Krawiec is at University at Buffalo, The State University of New York.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9.29 × 6.3 × 0.98 inPublished:January 24, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195129431

ISBN - 13:9780195129434

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Table of Contents

AbbreviationsIntroduction1. Daily Life in the White Monastery under Shenoute2. Women's Life in the White Monastery under Shenoute3. Shenoute's Discourse of Monastic Power4. Acceptance and Resistance: The Women's Power5. "They too are Our Brethren": Gender in the White Monastery6. Gender and Monasticism in Late Antiquity7. Women's Role in the Monastic Family: The Intersection of Power and Gender8. "According to the Flesh": Biological Kin in the White MonasteryNotesBibliographyIndex

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"This important book....should significantly influence the study of monasticism in late antiquity."--History: Reviews of New Books