The Cult of Saints among Muslims and Jews in Medieval Syria by Josef W. Meri

The Cult of Saints among Muslims and Jews in Medieval Syria

byJosef W. Meri

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This accessible study is the first critical investigation of the cult of saints among Muslims and Jews in medieval Syria and the Near East. Through case studies of saints and their devotees, discussion of the architecture of monuments, examination of devotional objects, and analysis of ideasof 'holiness', Meri depicts the practices of living religion and explores the common heritage of all three monotheistic faiths. Critical readings of a wide range of contemporary sources - travel writing, geographical works, pilgrimage guides, legal writings, historical sources, hagiography, andbiography - reveal a vibrant religious culture in which the veneration of saints and pilgrimage to tombs and shrines were fundamental.

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Josef Meri holds the doctorate from the University of Oxford (Wolfson College) and is a specialist in the social and cultural history of the medieval Islamic world and interfaith relations and is an historian of ideas. He is presently at work on a book entitled Sacred Landscapes of the Medieval Islamic World and is serving as General ...
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Title:The Cult of Saints among Muslims and Jews in Medieval SyriaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:342 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.95 inPublished:November 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199250782

ISBN - 13:9780199250783

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Table of Contents

1. Sacred Topography2. The Friends of God3. Experiencing the Holy: Sacred Ritual and Pilgrimage4. Jewish Pilgrimage5. Pilgrimage PlacesConclusion

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`Although the immediate focus of this work is highly specific its implications, like the phenomenon of sainthood itself, transcend time and space, imparting profound lessons to our troubled times, and especially in regard to contemporary Muslim-Jewish relations.'Transcendent Philosophy