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The Cult of Saints among Muslims and Jews in Medieval Syria$
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Josef W. Meri

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199250783

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199250783.001.0001

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Pilgrimage Places

Pilgrimage Places

(p.251) 5 Pilgrimage Places
The Cult of Saints among Muslims and Jews in Medieval Syria

Josef W. Meri

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the variety of shrines and other monuments to which devotees made ziyāra and the reasons for their proliferation during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Shrines emerged as important places for the fulfillment of supplication. As shrines came to be associated with mosques, the boundary between them as centres for the fulfillment of supplication became blurred. Secondary structures, such as the madrasa and the mosque, figured prominently in ziyāra culture. The discussion also considers Shi'i patronage of shrines and the reasons for the proliferation of shrine compounds from the twelfth century.

Keywords:   Islamic shrines, popular shrines, foundation myth, mosque, madrasa

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