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The Cult of Saints among Muslims and Jews in Medieval Syria

Josef W. Meri


This book presents a study 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’, the book 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 ... More

Keywords: cult of saints, Muslims, Jews, medieval Syria, Near East, travel writing, pilgrimage

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199250783
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199250783.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Josef W. Meri, author