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Boundaries and <i>Baraka</i>

Lance D. Laird

in Muslims and Others in Sacred Space

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199925049
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980468 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199925049.003.0003

Series: AAR Religion, Culture, and History

Boundaries and Baraka

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This chapter is based on ethnographic study of the 1996 pilgrimage of Muslims and Christians to the Greek monastery of Mar Jiryis (St. George) in the Muslim village of al-Khadr (alt. Khidr, Muslim wali), just south of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank. It examines the conflict and conflation of stories of the saints, common practices and their interpretations, and the contextual religious expressions of baraka, healing, and interfaith relations. The discourses and practices of the pilgrimage intersect with local boundaries and boundary-crossings in the construction of Palestinian national identity.

Keywords: Muslims; Christians; Mar Jiryis; al-Khadr; West Bank; Bethlehem; baraka; healing; interfaith relations

Chapter.  14122 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Islam

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