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Saint Moses in the Syrian desert

To reach the Monastery of Saint Moses (Mar Musa in Arabic), you’ll need determination, patience, and a good pair of walking shoes. Yet while it may not be easy to get there, many people find it even more difficult to leave.

I first heard about Mar Musa from a Jesuit friend living in Jordan, who had never visited but had heard of this mixed- gender, ecumenical community recently founded at the site of an ancient monastery. My...

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Gabriel Said Reynolds is professor of Islamic studies and theoology at the University of Notre Dame and co-director of the International Qur'anic Studies Association.