Built before Islam. Christian monastery found on coast of OAU
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New discovery will help to better understand how religions developed on the Arabian Peninsula.
Ancient Christian monastery was discovered off the coast of the United Arab Emirates . The researchers suggest that the find will tell much more about the history of early Christianity on the shores of the Persian Gulf, writes Sky News.
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Historians claim that the monastery was built before the spread of Islam in the Arabian Peninsula. The temple can be seen on the island of Sinia. It is part of the city of Umm Al Quwain.
Archaeologists have already carried out carbon dating of samples from the foundation of the monastery. These things date back to the beginning of the 6th – the middle of the 7th century. not. According to scientists, the religion of Islam became widespread in the 7th century.
The researchers suggested that believers prayed in a single-aisle church. But before them stood several rooms. They had a baking oven and also a baptismal font. There may have been an altar in the nave. There is another building next to the temple. It has 4 rooms. It may have played the role of an abbot's or bishop's house in the early church
This is not the first such shrine found in the UAE. In the early 1990s, the first temple was opened on the island of Sir Bani Yas. Today it is a nature reserve off the coast of Abu Dhabi. It reaches the same period as the new find at Umm al-Quwain.
Timothy Power, associate professor of archeology at the University of the United Arab Emirates who helped investigate the latest find, described it as “a truly fascinating discovery “.
These monasteries help to better understand the evolution of religion in the region. Such findings also contribute to a better understanding of how Christians gradually converted to Islam.