By Joseph J. Hobbs
Amid the excessive mountains of Egypt's southern Sinai Peninsula stands Jebel Musa, "Mount Moses," respected via so much Christians and Muslims as Mount Sinai. (Jewish culture holds that Mount Sinai may still stay terra incognita, unlocated, and doesn't affiliate it with this mountain.) during this attention-grabbing examine, Joseph Hobbs attracts on geography and archaeology, Biblical and Quranic debts, and the stories of individuals starting from Christian priests to Bedouin shepherds to informal travelers to discover why this mountain got here to be respected as a sacred position and the way that very notion now threatens its fragile ecology and its experience of holy solitude.
After discussing the actual features of Jebel Musa and the talk that chosen it because the such a lot possible Mount Sinai, Hobbs totally describes all Christian and Muslim sacred websites round the mountain. He perspectives Mount Sinai from the views of the centuries-long population of the region—the clergymen of the Monastery of St. Katherine and the Jabaliya Bedouins—and of holiday makers and pilgrims, from medieval Europeans to trendy tourists dispirited by way of Western industrialization.
Hobbs concludes his account with the new overseas debate over even if to construct a cable motor vehicle on Mount Sinai and with an unflinching description of the unfavourable effect of tourism at the gentle wilderness surroundings. His ebook increases vital, troubling questions for everybody serious about the destiny of the earth's wild and sacred places.
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