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Choreographies of Shared Sacred Sites : Religion, Politics, and Conflict Resolution (Reprint)

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This anthology explores the dynamics of shared religious sites in Turkey, the Balkans, Palestine/Israel, Cyprus, and Algeria, indicating where local and national stakeholders maneuver between competition and cooperation, coexistence and conflict. Contributors probe the notion of coexistence and the logic that underlies centuries of "sharing," exploring when and why sharing gets interrupted—or not—by conflict, and the policy consequences.

These essays map the choreographies of shared sacred spaces within the framework of state-society relations, juxtaposing a site's political and religious features and exploring whether sharing or contestation is primarily religious or politically motivated. Although religion and politics are intertwined phenomena, the contributors to this volume understand the category of "religion" and the "political" as devices meant to distinguish between the theological and confessional aspects of religion and the political goals of groups. Their comparative approach better represents the transition in some cases of sites into places of hatred and violence, while in other instances they remain noncontroversial. The essays clearly delineate the religious and political factors that contribute to the context and causality of conflict at these sites and draw on history and anthropology to shed light on the often rapid switch from relative tolerance to distress to peace and calm.

Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 428
Genre: Political Science, Religion + Beliefs, History
Series Title: Religion, Culture, and Public Life
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Columbia Univ Pr
Language: English
Street Date: November 22, 2016
TCIN: 51505767
UPC: 9780231169950
Item Number (DPCI): 248-22-2179
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