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Mirage of the Saracen

Walter D. Ward


The Mirage of the Saracen analyzes the growth of monasticism and Christian settlements in the Sinai Peninsula through the early seventh century CE. It uses a post-colonial lens to examine the ways that Christian monks justified occupying the Sinai through creating associations between Biblical narratives and Sinai sites and assigning uncivilized, negative, and oppositional traits to the indigenous nomadic population, whom the Christians pejoratively called “Saracens.” By writing edifying tales of hostile nomads and the ensuing martyrdom of the monks, not only did the Christians reinforce their ... More

Keywords: post-colonial, Sinai, Saracens, nomads, image formation, martyrdom, Christian-Muslim relations, monasticism, late antiquity, early Christian

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780520283770
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520283770.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Walter D. Ward, author
University of Alabama at Birmingham