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Religions 2018, 9(7), 220; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel9070220

Joint Jewish and Muslim Holy Places, Religious Beliefs and Festivals in Jerusalem between the Late 19th Century and 1948

Department of Political Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan 52900, Israel
Received: 2 July 2018 / Revised: 12 July 2018 / Accepted: 16 July 2018 / Published: 20 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Remembering Jewish-Muslim Encounters: Challenges and Cooperation)
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Abstract

Whereas the conflict over Palestine’s’ holy places and their role in forming Israeli or Palestinian national identity is well studied, this article brings to the fore an absent perspective. It shows that in the first half of the 20th century Muslims and Jews in Jerusalem shared holy sites, religious beliefs and feasts. Jewish–Muslim encounters of that period went much beyond pre-modern practices of cohabitation, to the extent of developing joint local patriotism. On the other hand, religious and other holy sites were instrumental in the Jewish and Palestinian exclusive nation building process rather than an inclusive one, thus contributing to escalate the national conflict. View Full-Text
Keywords: Jerusalem shared Muslim-Jewish Holy Places; nationalism; Arab Jews Jerusalem shared Muslim-Jewish Holy Places; nationalism; Arab Jews
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Klein, M. Joint Jewish and Muslim Holy Places, Religious Beliefs and Festivals in Jerusalem between the Late 19th Century and 1948. Religions 2018, 9, 220.

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