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Author Davis, Stephen J., author.

Title Monasticism : a very short introduction / Stephen J. Davis
Edition First edition
Published Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2018
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 142 pages) : illustrations
Series Very short introductions ; 546
Very short introductions ; 546
Summary Monasticism is a social and religious phenomenon that originated in antiquity, which remains relevant in the 21st century. Monasticism: A Very Short Introduction discusses the history of monasticism from the earliest evidence for it, and the different types that have developed. It considers where monasteries are located around the world, and how their settings impact the everyday life and worldview of the monks and nuns who dwell in them. Exploring how monastic communities are organized, this VSI also looks at how all aspects of life are regimented. Finally, it discusses what the stories about saints communicate about monastic identity and ethics, and considers what place there is for monasticism in the modern world
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 123-136) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Monastic and religious life.
Monasticism and religious orders.
Monastic and religious life.
Monasticism and religious orders.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0191788325