Joint Jewish and Muslim holy places, religious beliefs and festivals in Jerusalem between the late 19th century and 1948

Menachem Klein

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Article number220
JournalReligions
Volume9
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 20 Jul 2018

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Keywords

  • Arab Jews
  • Jerusalem shared Muslim-Jewish holy places
  • Nationalism

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