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Popular Palestinian Practices around Holy Places and Those Who Oppose Them: An Historical Introduction

Bowman, Glenn W. (2013) Popular Palestinian Practices around Holy Places and Those Who Oppose Them: An Historical Introduction. Religion Compass, 7 (3). pp. 69-78. ISSN 1749-8171. E-ISSN 1749-8171. (doi:10.1111/rec3.12034) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

A long history of intercommunal relations around local holy places in historic Palestine (a history which sadly seems to be coming to a close in the current day) draws attention to what precisely is the character of the attachment felt by local residents to sacred sites. Muslim- Christian ‘sharing’ of holy places (maqam, plural maqamat) can be seen to express a dependency on powers perceived of as resident in a site, and the nominal affiliation of these powers to one religion or another is o?en not a matter of great concern to those ?equenting the shrines. It is, however, a focal concern of the officiants of the respective religions who lay claim to the sites and who seek to expunge heterodox practices and traces of ambiguous affiliation (cf. Hayden 2002 and 2011). I here investigate records of local usages of religious sites, largely rural, in Palestine up through the Mandate Period in order to argue that shared shrines, as opposed to those which appear to be communally homogeneous, foreground issues of agency obscured in those sites under the control of religious authorities.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/rec3.12034
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
D History General and Old World > DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Social and Cultural Anthropology
Depositing User: G. Bowman
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2014 09:37 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 11:52 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/38305 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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