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Shenoute and the Women of the White Monastery$
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Rebecca Krawiec

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195129434

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195129431.001.0001

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Women's Life in the White Monastery Under Shenoute

Women's Life in the White Monastery Under Shenoute

(p.31) 2 Women's Life in the White Monastery Under Shenoute
Shenoute and the Women of the White Monastery

Rebecca Krawiec (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Lays out the narratives and explores the issues of various periods of crisis that prompted Shenoute's letters to the female monks. The issue themselves are wide ranging: Shenoute's exercise of power over the female community; his insistence on the gender separation of the male and female monks, including forbidding visits among relatives even as Shenoute himself visited the female community; incidents of female homoeroticism; a debate over what constituted proper monastic duties and proper corporal punishment; gossip; disputes over the quality of clothing the women were producing for male monks, including Shenoute's; and complaints about the excessive nature of Shenoute's leadership. All these topics, even in their diversity and their focus on conflict, provided Shenoute with the opportunity to teach all the monks, male and female, how to lead a salvific life in the monastery.

Keywords:   clothing, corporal punishment, female, gender separation, gossip, homoeroticism, leadership, monastic duties, monks, power

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