Sofia’s poem ” Sinai” in Verse-Virtual and a few words about the Holy Monastery of Sinai

Sofia Kioroglou

The poem “Sinai at http://www.verse-virtual.com/sofia-kioroglou-2016-february.html

Sinai
God-trodden Mount
of the Ten Commandments
The Holy Mountain of Moses
Heaven

THE BEDOUIN AND THE HOLY MONASTERY OF SINAI

The term “bedouin” in the Arabic language refers to one who lives out in the open, in the desert. Eutyches, the ninth century Patriarch of Alexandria, writes that when Justinian built the monastery, he settled next to it some two hundred families brought from the Pontos of Anatolia, and from Alexandria, in order to guard, defend, and assist the monks. The modern-day bedouin are considered to be the descendants of those families that were converted to Islam in the seventh century, and that today form the Sinai bedouin families that make up the Jebeliya tribe. Its members to this day trace their lineage to these soldiers, and are proud of their Greek and Roman origins, as well as of this denomination and cultural identity.

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