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The Cult of Saints among Muslims and Jews in Medieval Syria (Oxford Oriental Monographs) Hardcover – January 16, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0199250783 ISBN-10: 0199250782 Edition: 1st

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`Although the immediate focus of this work is highly specific its implications, like the phenomenon of sainthood itself, transcend time and space, imparting profound lessons to our troubled times, and especially in regard to contemporary Muslim-Jewish relations.' Transcendent Philosophy

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This study is a critical investigation of the cult of saints among Muslims and Jews in medieval Syria and the Near East. Through case studies of saints and their devotees, discussion of the architecture of monuments, examination of devotional objects, and analysis of ideas of "holiness", Meri depicts the practices of living religion and explores the common heritage of all three monotheistic faiths. Critical readings of a wide range of contemporary sources - travel writing, geographical works, pilgrimage guides, legal writings, historical sources, hagiography, and biography - reveal a vibrant religious culture in which the veneration of saints and pilgrimage to tombs and shrines were fundamental.

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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford Oriental Monographs
  • Hardcover: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (January 16, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199250782
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199250783
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 1 x 5.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in the United States Professor Meri hails from a Jerusalemite family. He is currently Visiting Professor in the Department of Studies of Islam in the Contemporary World, University of Jordan. From 2013-2014 he was Allianz Visiting Professor of Islamic Studies in the Institute for the Near and Middle East, Ludwig Maximilians-University of Munich. From 2010-2013 he was a Fellow of St. Edmund's College, Cambridge University and served as Academic Director, Woolf Institute, Cambridge. He has travelled extensively throughout the Middle East and has lived in Cairo, Damascus, Jerusalem and from 2005-2010 in Amman, where he oversaw a major Qur'anic exegesis project at the Jordanian Royal Court. He previously held visiting appointments at the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London and the University of California at Berkeley.

Prof. Meri is a historian of religions & Islamic civilisation & a specialist in the academic study of Muslim-non-Muslim relations in past and present. He has a particular interest in ritual studies and in the history of the Islamic and Middle Eastern city.

Prof. Meri is the 2014 winner of the Goldziher Prize in Jewish-Muslim Relations, awarded by Merrimack College's Center for the Study of Jewish< Christian, Muslim Relations, and which recognizes his academic work on the historical relations between Muslims and Jews.

Prof. Meri is currently Editor of the forthcoming Routledge Handbook of Muslim-Jewish Relations, a resource for the academic study of Muslim-Jewish Relations. He previously served as Founding Advisory Board Member of Oxford Bibliographies On-line (Islamic Studies), General Editor of Medieval Islamic Civilization: An Encyclopedia (2002-2005), Series Editor of the Great Tafsirs of the Holy Qur'an series (Fons Vitae Publishers, USA with Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought, Amman, Jordan)(2005-2010), Section Editor (Islam) of Wiley-Blackwell's Religion Compass (2005-2010) and Book Review Editor (Medieval Islamic and Jewish Studies), Speculum, published by the Medieval Academy of America (2007-2012), and Founding Editor of Intertwined Worlds (2010-2013) (intertwinedworlds.wordpress.com), an e-platform dedicated to the academic study of Muslim-Jewish and Muslim-Jewish-Christian Relations.

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