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Christianity and Monasticism in Aswan and Nubia$
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Gawdat Gabra and Hany Takla

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9789774165610

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774165610.001.0001

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Monastic Life in Makuria

Monastic Life in Makuria

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Christianity and Monasticism in Aswan and Nubia

Włodzimierz Godlewski

American University in Cairo Press

The Kingdom of Makuria comprised the river valley and adjoining territories between Aswan in the north and the Fifth Cataract on the Nile in the south. In the second half of the seventh century, the kingdom of Makuria was already a fully established state with an efficient administration and well-trained army, and with morale running high, fed effectively by the fettered Arab expansion. Makurian policy toward Constantinople in the early years of the second half of the sixth century had already laid the foundations for the organization of the Makurian church, presumably with a metropolitan in Dongola. There is no doubt that the Christianization of Makuria was inspired by the royal court.

Keywords:   Monastic life, Makuria, Nubia, Aswan, Coptic, Wlodzimierz Godlewski

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