Great Review of The Asceticism of Isaac of Nineveh

Robert A. Kitchen has a excellent review of my book on Isaac of Nineveh in the latest issue of Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies. It is excellent both in terms of how it is written, an in the sense that it is very appreciative of my book. Here’s the bottom line:

What is striking about this monograph is how well Hagman narrates an anthropological investigation into the nature of asceticism with Isaac of Nineveh, the ascetic’s ascetic, as the exemplar. Well-written, yet methodical and thorough, Hagman has provided an essential starting-point for further studies of Isaac of Nineveh. Since scholars seem to keep finding new works of Isaac, this starting-point should prove to be useful to a new generation of Isaac’s readers.

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