Choreographies of Shared Sacred Sites: Religion, Politics, and Conflict Resolution by Elazar BarkanChoreographies of Shared Sacred Sites: Religion, Politics, and Conflict Resolution by Elazar Barkan

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

EditorElazar Barkan, Karen Barkey

Paperback | November 22, 2016

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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.

Elazar Barkan is professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University, director of the School of International and Public Affairs' Human Rights Concentration, and director of Columbia's Institute for the Study of Human Rights. He is the coauthor of No Return, No Refuge: Rites and Rights in Minority Repatriation and aut...
Title:Choreographies of Shared Sacred Sites: Religion, Politics, and Conflict ResolutionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:440 pagesPublished:November 22, 2016Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction, by Elazar Barkan and Karen Barkey1. Religious Pluralism, Shared Sacred Sites, and the Ottoman Empire, by Karen BarkeyComparisons: Cyprus/Bosnia/Anatolia/Algiers2. Three Ways of Sharing the Sacred: Choreographies of Coexistence in Cyprus, by Mete Hatay3. Religious Antagonism and Shared Sanctuaries in Algeria, by Dionigi Albera4. Contested Choreographies of Sacred Spaces in Muslim Bosnia, by David HenigPalestine/Israel5. At the Boundaries of the Sacred: The Reinvention of Everyday Life in Jerusalem's al-Wad Street, by Wendy Pullan6. The Politics of Ownership: State, Governance, and the Status Quo in the Church of the Anastasis (Holy Sepulchre), by Glenn Bowman7. Choreographing Upheaval: The Politics of Sacred Sites in the West Bank, by Elazar Barkan8. The Impact of Conflicts Over Holy Sites on City Images and Landscapes: The Case of Nazareth, by Rassem KhamaisiMuseums9. Tolerance Versus Holiness: The Jerusalem Museum of Tolerance and the Mamilla Muslim Cemetery, by Yitzhak Reiter10. Secularizing the Unsecularizable: A Comparative Study of the Haci Bektas and Mevlana Museums in Turkey, by Rabia Harmansah, Tugba Tanyeri-Erdemir, and Robert M. HaydenBibliographyContributorsIndex

Editorial Reviews

Coming from a range of disciplines, the essays in Choreographies of Shared Sacred Sites are compelling for specialists in interreligious relations, conflict resolution and peace studies, and religious ethnography. They are also engaging and accessible to a general audience concerned with the related issues of pluralism, coexistence, conflict, and tolerance. Understanding the complexity of shared sites is essential to grasping the ways multiple religions jointly inhabit this plural world. A valuable and timely volume in a field critical to the present moment in history.