Destruction, Neglect and Appropriation: The Demise of Muslim Shrines

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


This chapter discusses the decline of Muslim shrines during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The creation of the State of Israel in 1948 has resulted in the destruction of some Muslim shrines, the abandonment and neglect of many more and the appropriation of others. Whilst some of the damage to tombs might be a direct result of Israeli actions, it is suggested that a large number of Muslim shrines have suffered because of a decline in Sufism and the growth of fundamentalist Islam.


Rachel’s tomb Ramla Nablus Israel 


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

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