Next Article in Journal
The Duke University Religion Index (DUREL): A Five-Item Measure for Use in Epidemological Studies
Previous Article in Journal
Medicine for the Spirit: Religious Coping in Individuals with Medical Conditions
Article Menu

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Religions 2010, 1(1), 54-77; doi:10.3390/rel1010054

Economic Functions of Monasticism in Cyprus: The Case of the Kykkos Monastery

1
Department of Social and Political Sciences, University of Cyprus, PO Box 20537, Nicosia 1678, Cyprus
2
Department of Turkish and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cyprus, PO Box 20537, Nicosia 1678, Cyprus
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 9 October 2010 / Revised: 18 November 2010 / Accepted: 25 November 2010 / Published: 1 December 2010
View Full-Text   |   Download PDF [270 KB, uploaded 1 December 2010]

Abstract

The article presents a comprehensive overview of the various economic activities performed by the Kykkos Monastery in Cyprus in its long history (11th–20th centuries). The article begins with a brief review of the early centuries of Cypriot monasticism and the foundation of the monastery in the 11th century. Then, the analysis focuses on the economic activities performed during the period of the Ottoman rule (1571–1878). Using primary sources from the monastery’s archives, this section offers an overview of the various types of monastic land holdings in the Ottoman era and the strategies used to purchase them. Using 19th century primary sources, it further presents a detailed account of the multifaceted involvement and illustrates the prominent role of the monastery in the island’s economic life (land ownership, stockbreeding activities, lending of money, etc.). Next, it examines the changes in monastic possessions caused by the legislation enacted by the post-1878 British colonial administration. The legislation caused the loss of extensive land holdings and was the subject of extensive controversy. View Full-Text
Keywords: Orthodox Christianity; Cyprus; Kykkos; economy Orthodox Christianity; Cyprus; Kykkos; economy
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

Scifeed alert for new publications

Never miss any articles matching your research from any publisher
  • Get alerts for new papers matching your research
  • Find out the new papers from selected authors
  • Updated daily for 49'000+ journals and 6000+ publishers
  • Define your Scifeed now

SciFeed Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Roudometof, V.; Michael, M.N. Economic Functions of Monasticism in Cyprus: The Case of the Kykkos Monastery. Religions 2010, 1, 54-77.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Religions EISSN 2077-1444 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert Logo copyright Steve Bridenbaugh/UUA
Back to Top