Muslim Shrines in European Descriptions of Palestine

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


This chapter is concerned with European descriptions and studies of Muslim shrines in Palestine, starting from Henry Maundrell’s observations in the seventeenth century. The chapter shows the gradual development of European interests, from curiosity to a deep fascination with Muslim shrines as a potential insight into religion in early biblical times. The early twentieth century saw a plethora of European studies of shrines as well as the most important documentation by Tewfiq Canaan, who, although Palestinian, wrote within the European tradition. The final part of the chapter considers recent studies of shrines written from the 1990s to the present day.


Biblical Maqam Rituals Folklore Tewfiq Canaan Henry Maundrell 


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

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