The Portland State University Department of English is proud to present
"Desert Mothers in the Past and Present in the Wilderness of Egypt"
A lecture presented by
Heba Sharobeem, PhD
Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt
Thursday, October 17
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Neuberger Hall, Room 407
Portland State University
Dr. Sharobee will also speak after the Q&A on her political activism in Egypt today and the current revolution that is underway.
This talk presents an overview of the history of Christianity in Egypt and its Coptic Orthodox Church from the first century AD until the present time. It examines the birth of a monasticism in the wilderness of Egypt in its solitary and communal forms. The presentation will examine from a feminist and new historicist perspective the tradition of desert mothers, their lives and teachings and their influence on monasticism worldwide. The presentation will focus on three major points: Who are the desert mothers?; Major figures in the early centuries, particularly during the fourth century; and a contemporary example of desert mothers, Tamav Erene (1936 - 2006). A comparison will be made between an old desert mother, Amma Syncletica from the fourth century and Tamav Erene, to prove the continuity of the tradition in the wilderness of Egypt.