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Shenoute and the Women of the White Monastery
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Shenoute and the Women of the White Monastery

Rebecca Krawiec

Abstract

Analyzes the evidence for the lives of women living in the White Monastery, located in upper Egypt, under its third abbot, Shenoute, who served from 385–464 c.e. Several of Shenoute's letters, which were written in Coptic and survive in fragmentary form, address periods of conflict either between female monks or between the female community and Shenoute. As a result, they differ in genre from any other evidence of female monasticism in late antiquity and so present a unique corpus of material for investigation. A key issue pertains to Shenoute's efforts to establish his monastic authority over ... More

Keywords: Coptic, corporal punishment, Egypt, family, female, gender analysis, kinship, monastic authority, patriarchal

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195129434
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195129431.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rebecca Krawiec, author
University of Buffalo, The State University of New York
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