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The Choreography of Cohabitation: Contemporary Sharing of Shrines in Macedonia (in Russian)

Bowman, Glenn W. (2014) The Choreography of Cohabitation: Contemporary Sharing of Shrines in Macedonia (in Russian). State, Religion and Church in Russia and Worldwide, 32 (2). pp. 113-138. ISSN 2073-7203.

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This paper aims to contribute some contemporary fieldwork insights from Macedonia to discussions on the coexistence of Muslims (both Sunni and Sufi) and Orthodox Christians around sacred sites. While recent developments have led to the dominance of ‘clash of civilisations’ discourse in such situations, I here use detailed studies of the three sites where intercommunal mixing occurs to evidence a range of different modalities of interaction, spanning a spectrum from overt antagonistic intolerance through non-conflictual cohabitation to forms of sharing close to syncretistic practice. The paper investigates the elements of the social fields engaged by these communities that prompt hostility, permit coexistence, and promote identification, and inquires whether the more benign forms of interaction currentlymanifest in Macedonia are atavistic in settings increasingly marked by ethno-nationalism and fundamentalism.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Keywords: shrines, sharing, mixing, Muslim, Sufi, Orthodox Christian, ritual, practice, tolerance, antagonism.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GT Manners and customs
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Social and Cultural Anthropology
Depositing User: G. Bowman
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2014 17:58 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 13:39 UTC
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