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Christianity and Monasticism in Northern EgyptBeni Suef, Giza, Cairo, and the Nile Delta$
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Gawdat Gabra and Hany N. Takla

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9789774167775

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774167775.001.0001

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Saint Barsum the Naked and His Veneration at al-Ma‘sara (Dayr Shahran)

Saint Barsum the Naked and His Veneration at al-Ma‘sara (Dayr Shahran)

(p.71) 8 Saint Barsum the Naked and His Veneration at al-Ma‘sara (Dayr Shahran)
Christianity and Monasticism in Northern Egypt

Bishop Martyros

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter examines the veneration of St. Barsoum the Naked near Cairo, in a monastery originally known as Dayr Shahran. During the time of St. Barsum the Naked, the Church underwent severe tribulation in the latter part of the sultanate of Khalil ibn Qalawun, when all the churches of Egypt, except in Alexandria, were closed, and Christians were forced to wear blue turbans as a way of distinguishing themselves from the Muslims. St. Barsum refused to wear a blue turban, and was later flogged and imprisoned. After he was released, he lived on the roof of the church, continuing to pray that God would forgive the sins of his people and soften the hearts of their rulers.

Keywords:   St. Barsoum the Naked, Christianity, monasticism, monastery, Dayr Shahran

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