From the Holy Mountain

A Journey among the Christians of the Middle East

William Dalrymple

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In 587 a.d., two monks set off on an extraordinary journey that would take them in an arc across the entire Byzantine world, from the shores of the Bosphorus to the sand dunes of Egypt. On the way John Moschos and his pupil Sophronius the Sophist stayed in caves, monasteries, and remote hermitages, collecting the wisdom of the stylites and the desert fathers before their fragile world finally shattered under the great eruption of Islam. More than a thousand years later, using Moschos's writings as his guide, William Dalrymple sets off to retrace their footsteps and composes "an evensong for a dying civilization" --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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"Elegant, poignant . . . courageous . . . pitting the idealism of the past against the hatred, dispossession, and denial of the present." --Karen Armstrong, author of History of God

"This splid book should take its rightful place on the same shelf as Chatwin's In Patagonia. [It is] rich with the poetry of antique places and transports the fascinated reader smoothly into a vanishing world . . . There are, finally, innumerable wonderful stories in From the Holy Mountain." --Michael Dirda, The Washington Post Book World

"Dalrymple is a born travel writer, with a nose for adventure and a reporter's healthy skepticism. His quirky, exhilarating mosaic will appeal to readers of all faiths." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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William Dalrymple

William Dalrymple is the award-winning author of the British bestsellers In Xanadu and The City of Djinns. He divides his time between London, Edinburgh, and Delhi.

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From the Holy Mountain
A Journey among the Christians of the Middle East
William Dalrymple

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Henry Holt and Co.
Holt Paperbacks
March 1999
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780805061772
ISBN10: 0805061770
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 512 pages, Plus 4 four-page black-and-white photograph inserts throught; Glossary; Bibliography; Index
$22.00

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Hardcover
Henry Holt and Co.
March 1998
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805058734
ISBN10: 0805058737
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 496 pages
$30.00
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