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Monastic Life

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Reflecting Western Michigan University’s longstanding interest in medieval monasticism, as epitomized by its Center for Cistercian and Monastic Studies, this series centers on monastic movements amid broader religious traditions. It explores the everyday life of monastic individuals, the collective experience of religious communities, and the nature of asceticism and monasticism, as well as monastic institutions, patronage, or property. The series also welcomes research on both Western and Eastern Christian communities along with non-Christian religious traditions during the period 500-1500 CE.