From the Holy Mountain
An Evening Presentation by William Dalrymple, Author; Presented by the Royal Geographical Society Hong Kong
In the spring of 587 AD, two monks set off on an extraordinary journey that would take them 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 stayed in caves, monasteries, and remote hermitages before their world shattered under the great eruption of Islam. More than a thousand years later, using Moschos's writings as his guide, William Dalrymple set off to retrace their footsteps. The result is an acclaimed study of the demise of Christianity in its Middle Eastern homeland. From the Holy Mountain is his account of two thousand years of Christianity in the Middle East, from its ancient origins, fine architectural heritage, to the complex relationship between Islam, Judaism, and Christianity presently in the region.
William Dalrymple is the author of several books including City of Djinns, which received the Sunday Times Young British Writer of the Year Award and White Mughals, which won the Wolfson Prize for history. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Asiatic Society, and is the founder of the Jaipur Literature Festival.