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From the Holy Mountain

William Dalrymple

From the Holy Mountain

William Dalrymple

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In the spring of 587 AD, two monks set off on an extraordinary journey that would take them in an arc across the entire Byzantine world, from the shores of the Bosphorus to the sand dunes of Egypt. On the way John Moschos and his pupil Sophronius the Sophist stayed in caves, monasteries and remote hermitages, collecting the wisdom of the stylites and the desert fathers before their world shattered under the great eruption of Islam. More than a thousand years later, using Moschos's writings as his guide, William Dalrymple set off to retrace their footsteps. Despite centuries of isolation, a surprising number of the monasteries and churches visited by the two monks still survive today, surrounded by often hostile populations. Dalrymple's pilgrimage took him through a bloody civil war in eastern Turkey, the ruins of Beirut, the vicious tensions of the West Bank and a fundamentalist uprising in southern Egypt. His book is an elegy to the slowly dying civilization of Eastern Christianity and the peoples that have kept its flame alive.

- Publisher In 587 a.d., two monks set off on an extraordinary journey that would take them in an arc across the entire Byzantine world, from the shores of the Bosphorus to the sand dunes of Egypt. On the way John Moschos and his pupil Sophronius the Sophist stayed in caves, monasteries, and remote hermitages, collecting the wisdom of the stylites and the desert fathers before their fragile world finally shattered under the great eruption of Islam. More than a thousand years later, using Moschos's writings as his guide, William Dalrymple sets off to retrace their footsteps and composes "an evensong for a dying civilization" --"Kirkus Reviews," starred review

- Publisher

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In the spring of 587 AD, two monks set off on an extraordinary journey that would take them in an arc across the entire Byzantine world, from the shores of the Bosphorus to the sand dunes of Egypt. On the way John Moschos and his pupil Sophronius the Sophist stayed in caves, monasteries and remote hermitages, collecting the wisdom of the stylites and the desert fathers before their world shattered under the great eruption of Islam. More than a thousand years later, using Moschos's writings as his guide, William Dalrymple set off to retrace their footsteps. Despite centuries of isolation, a surprising number of the monasteries and churches visited by the two monks still survive today, surrounded by often hostile populations. Dalrymple's pilgrimage took him through a bloody civil war in eastern Turkey, the ruins of Beirut, the vicious tensions of the West Bank and a fundamentalist uprising in southern Egypt. His book is an elegy to the slowly dying civilization of Eastern Christianity and the peoples that have kept its flame alive.
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In 587 a.d., two monks set off on an extraordinary journey that would take them in an arc across the entire Byzantine world, from the shores of the Bosphorus to the sand dunes of Egypt. On the way John Moschos and his pupil Sophronius the Sophist stayed in caves, monasteries, and remote hermitages, collecting the wisdom of the stylites and the desert fathers before their fragile world finally shattered under the great eruption of Islam. More than a thousand years later, using Moschos's writings as his guide, William Dalrymple sets off to retrace their footsteps and composes "an evensong for a dying civilization" --"Kirkus Reviews," starred review
- Publisher

Meet the Author

William Dalrymple

William Dalrymple is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Royal Asiatic Society, and in 2002 was awarded the Mungo Park Medal by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society for his 'outstanding contribution to travel literature'. He wrote and presented the TV series 'Stones of the Raj' and 'Indian Journeys', which won BAFTA's 2002 Grierson Award for Best Documentary Series. He and his wife, artist Olivia Fraser, have three children, and divide their time between London and Delhi.

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A fascinating read
5 stars By Sue Meredith, Jun 22 2009
William Dalrymple is a literate, readable author, and From the Holy Mountain is no exception.  He takes us on a journey through various countries in the Near and Far East in search of early Christian settlements and monasteries.  His story is not a happy one for Christianity in that part of the world.  He travels through the centuries, telling us of genocide, oppression, mass exodus and some very brave, faithful Christians. I recommend this to everybody.  If nothing else, it shows us just how easy we have it in what are still allegedly Christian countries and hopefully will inspire people to stand up for Christian governments and lifestyles so that our own countries do not go down the path of rampant Islam.  This book shows what happens when Islam takes control of a country.  It also might inspire more compassion in our countries for Christian refugees.  I commend this book to you.
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  • Catalogue Code 179802
  • Product Code 0006547745
  • EAN 9780006547747
  • Pages 512
  • Department Academic
  • Category History
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Harper Collins Australia
  • Publication Date Apr 1998
  • Dimensions 175 x 192 x 34 mm
  • Weight 0.370kg

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