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Mount Sinai: A History of Travellers and Pilgrims

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A mountain peak above the Monastery of St Catherine in Egypt, Mount Sinai is best known as the site where Moses received the Ten Commandments in the biblical Book of Exodus. This book brings this rich history to light, exploring the ways in which the landscape of Mount Sinai s summit has been experienced and transformed over the centuries, from the third century BCE to World War I. As an important site for multiple religions, Mount Sinai has become a major destination for hundreds of visitors per day. In this multifaceted book, George Manginis delves into the natural environment of Mount Sinai, its importance in the Muslim tradition, the cult of Saint Catherine, the medieval pilgrimage phenomenon, modern-day tourism, and much more. Featuring notes, a bibliography, and illustrations from nineteenth-century travelers books, this deft blend of historical analysis, art history, textual criticism, and archaeological interpretation will appeal to tourists and scholars alike.
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