Gender-Blocking Functions of Iconostasis in the Monasteries of Old Cairo


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Gender-Blocking Functions of Iconostasis in the Monasteries of Old Cairo
General Introduction
Ouspensky and Lossky define the iconostasis as “an unbroken screen, composed of icons, separating the Sanctuary, where the sacrament of the Eucharist is celebrated, from the central part, the nave, where the congregation stands” (p. 59). Iconostasis has received a great deal of attention from art historians as well as scholars of religion thanks to its important, but ultimately ambiguous, liturgical and aesthetic role in Orthodox Christian worship.
This paper will analyze iconostasis in the Coptic monasteries of Old Cairo. As a prelude to doing so, it is necessary to consider the general development of iconostasis so that the special features of...
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