While devotional practices are usually viewed as mechanisms for reinforcing religious boundaries, in the multicultural, multiconfessional world of the Eastern Mediterranean, shared shrines sustain intercommunal and interreligious contact among groups. Heterodox, marginal, and largely ignored by central authorities, these practices persist despite aggressive, homogenizing nationalist movements. This volume challenges much of the received wisdom concerning the three major monotheistic religions and the ""clash of civilizations."" Contributors examine intertwined religious traditions along the sh
Cover; Contents; Introduction: Sharing Sacred Places-A Mediterranean Tradition; 1 Identification and Identity Formations around Shared Shrines in West Bank Palestine and Western Macedonia; 2 The Vakëf: Sharing Religious Space in Albania; 3 Komšiluk and Taking Care of the Neighbor's Shrine in Bosnia-Herzegovina; 4 The Mount of the Cross: Sharing and Contesting Barriers on a Balkan Pilgrimage Site; 5 Muslim Devotional Practices in Christian Shrines: The Case of Istanbul; 6 Saint George the Anatolian: Master of Frontiers; 7 A Jewish-Muslim Shrine in North Morocco: Echoes of an Ambiguous Past 8 What Do Egypt's Copts and Muslims Share? The Issue of Shrines9 Apparitions of the Virgin in Egypt: Improving Relations between Copts and Muslims?; 10 Sharing the Baraka of the Saints: Pluridenominational Visits to the Christian Monasteries in Syria; Conclusion: Crossing the Frontiers between the Monotheistic Religions, an Anthropological Approach; References; Contributors; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; V; W; X; Y; Z
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