Welcome to a special podcast episode with Joseph Youssef (PhD candidate in Anthropology, University of Toronto). Joseph kindly shares his history and his experiences with us, as an Egyptian immigrant to Toronto and an anthropologist of Coptic monasticism in Egypt and its diasporas. His fascinating research sheds light on the pitfalls of mythologizing and romanticizing monks. Rather, as he argues, we must understand their humanity and appreciate how modernization continues to affect their spiritual lives.
We hope you enjoy the conversation and the photographs below:
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