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Heritage Studies in the Muslim World

Bones of Contention

Muslim Shrines in Palestine

Authors: Petersen, Andrew

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  • Considers Muslim shrines within the wider context of Heritage Studies in the Muslim world
  • Highlights the importance of Muslim shrines and their highly publicised destruction by the self-styled  Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria
  • Examines the shrines’ unique social function within a region of changing political configurations 
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About this book

This pivot sets Muslim shrines within the wider context of Heritage Studies in the Muslim world and considers their role in the articulation of sacred landscapes, their function as sites of cultural memory and their links to different religious traditions. Reviewing the historiography of Muslim shrines paying attention to the different ways these places have been studied, through anthropology, archaeology, history, and religious studies, the text discusses the historical and archaeological evidence for the development of shrines  in the region from pre-Islamic times up to the present day. It also assesses the significance of Muslim shrines in the modern Middle East, focusing on the diverse range of opinions and treatments from veneration to destruction, and argues that shrines have a unique social function as a means of direct contact with the past in a region where changing political configurations have often distorted conventional historical narratives.

About the authors

Andrew Petersen is Director of Research Islamic Archaeology and Professor of Islamic Archaeology at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. He has travelled extensively in the Islamic world working on archaeological expeditions and later directing projects, and has written a large number of articles and published four books based on his research.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeology.

Reviews

“Bones of Contention is a concise and useful introduction to a topic that stretches from the pre-Islamic period to the present and catalogs a diverse range of religious structures. … Bones of Contention is designed to appeal to a wide audience. It includes sketches of major shrines and photos of extant ones. It is a valuable contribution that will be of interest to students and scholars of Palestine’s Islamic culture and architecture.” (Awad Halabi, Journal of Palestine Studies, 2019)
“… an impressive and original example of archaeologically-based historical interpretation of Islamic heritage! It is written in a style marked by a consistent and brilliant clarity. It is a “must buy” for anyone interested in a critical understanding of the religious history of Palestine.” (Thomas Thompson,  Professor Emeritus, University of Copenhagen, Denmark)

“Andrew Petersen’s new monograph ‘Bones of Contention’: Muslim Shrines in Palestine is an important contribution to the field of study and understanding of the historical and cultural context of Muslim shrines in the Middle East. With a focus on Palestine, the author seeks to highlight a number of important aspects relating to shrines, including historic Muslim mausoleums that have survived into the present day. Some of these are large structures such as Sidna Ali, a shrine on the coast sponsored by Baybars, while others are smaller, and Petersen expertly provides readers with examples of both. The author expertly traces not only history but also the changing status of these shrines from their origins, sometimes as non-Muslim buildings, through to the present where many are threatened with decay or by the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. “ (Seth J. Frantzman, research associate, the Rubin Center for Research in International Affairs, IDC Herzliya, Israel)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Introduction: Definitions, History and Context

    Pages 3-11

    Petersen, Andrew

  • Arabic and Muslim Historiography

    Pages 13-25

    Petersen, Andrew

  • Muslim Shrines in European Descriptions of Palestine

    Pages 27-43

    Petersen, Andrew

  • Shrines Sponsored by Sultans

    Pages 47-64

    Petersen, Andrew

  • Major Sufi Shrines

    Pages 65-83

    Petersen, Andrew

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eBook £39.99
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  • ISBN 978-981-10-6965-9
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £49.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-981-10-6964-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover £49.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-981-13-4975-1
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Bones of Contention
Book Subtitle
Muslim Shrines in Palestine
Authors
Series Title
Heritage Studies in the Muslim World
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-6965-9
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-6965-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-10-6964-2
Softcover ISBN
978-981-13-4975-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 188
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