Bones of Contention

Muslim Shrines in Palestine

  • Andrew Petersen

Part of the Heritage Studies in the Muslim World book series (HSMW)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Andrew Petersen
      Pages 13-25
  3. Types of Shrines

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
    2. Andrew Petersen
      Pages 47-64
    3. Andrew Petersen
      Pages 65-83
    4. Andrew Petersen
      Pages 85-106
    5. Andrew Petersen
      Pages 107-119
  4. Shrines in the Contemporary World

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Andrew Petersen
      Pages 141-152
    3. Andrew Petersen
      Pages 153-163
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 165-188

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 the 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.


Middle Eastern Archaeology Islamic Architecture Muslim shrines and Islam Religion and Heritage in Islam Contemporary politics and religion in the Muslim world Muslim world and heritage

Authors and affiliations

  • Andrew Petersen
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Wales Trinity Saint DavidCeredigionUK

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