The Governor's Orders, Part Two

The Governor’s Orders, Part Two

In ‘The Governor’s Orders, Part One’, we looked at the world of eighth century Egypt through the eyes of Shenoute, a village headman. The real protagonist of the story, and the object that triggered that exercise in historical imagination, was…

Coming out of the Cave: Monks in Society in seventh and eighth Century Egypt

Coming out of the Cave: Monks in Society in seventh and eighth Century Egypt

Starvation, solitude and saintliness. These are not the first words that come to mind when looking at the lives of Egyptian monks in the seventh and eighth century. At least, not when you look at their letters and documents on…

The Governor's Orders, Part One

The Governor’s Orders, Part One

*** Read now also Part Two! *** Have you ever wondered what the Arab conquests of Egypt meant for the average Egyptian villager? The following story takes place a few years after 700, in the countryside of Middle Egypt. It’s…

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