The Holy Monastery of the God-trodden Mount Sinai, Saint Catherine 's Monastery
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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.

The monastery has become an integral part of their lives as they care for it, due to the fact that the monastery has always respected their rights and sought for solutions to their various difficulties. They are peace-loving and cultivated, and they are courteous, joyful, frugal, and hospitable in spite of their poverty. They consider the monastery and the Archbishop of Sinai as the traditional administrative and judiciary authority of their tribe. They are linked with the monastery in that they work for it, taking part in its everyday life and activities. Now, thanks to the great interest shown by the contemporary Egyptian state for them as well as for the whole of the South Sinai, their living conditions have been greatly improved.

The bedouin inhabitants of the region, of old, and up to this day, honor the Holy Monastery of Sinai, the trustee of the seventeen centuries long spiritual and cultural tradition of the South Sinai area, as well as the recipient of the honor and respect that are due to its patron, Saint Catherine. The inclusion of the Holy Monastery of Sinai and its surrounding area in the UNESCO catalogue of World Heritage Monuments, further guarantees the maintenance of the physical environment in which the bedouin live.


 
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