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Title: Monasticism and Christian pilgrimage in early Islamic Palestine c.614-c.950
Author: Reynolds, Daniel Kenneth
ISNI:       0000 0004 5351 2050
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2014
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Recent studies of early Islamic Palestine have stressed the minimal impact of the Arab conquest on the Christian communities of the region. None, however, have sought to trace the trajectories of these communities beyond the eighth century. This thesis provides the first long-term study of the impact of the Arab conquest on monasticism and pilgrimage between 614 and 950. The study explores the changes to the physical landscape of monasteries and Christian cult sites, in terms of site abandonment and continuity, and situates these processes in the broader political and economic context of the Palestinian region between the seventh and tenth centuries. This thesis offers a systematic critique of current theories which view Palestinian monasticism and Christian pilgrimage as social entities dependent upon patronage from Byzantium and the early medieval west. Rather, it stresses the need for a more nuanced recognition of monastic communities and Christian cult sites as places closely interlinked with localised developments and the high degree of variation between communities in terms of patron economies and social transactions. This study demonstrates that these variances often provide the key to understanding the highly varied response of Palestinian monastic communities and Christian cult sites to early Muslim rule.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) ; College of Arts and Law Research Support Fund ; Roberts Fund
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BR Christianity ; CC Archaeology ; D111 Medieval History ; DS Asia