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Places in MotionThe Fluid Identities of Temples, Images, and Pilgrims$
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Jacob N. Kinnard

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199359653

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199359653.001.0001

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The Power and the Politics of Emplacement

The Power and the Politics of Emplacement

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Places in Motion

Jacob N. Kinnard

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the ways in which physical objects, events to which they are related, and the various narratives which convey such events intersect and interact with particular places, and it explores the ways in which all of these elements are intimately entangled in the assertions of particular identities. The specific places discussed in this chapter—the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, Syria, and the shrine of Hossein in Karbala, Iraq—are physical places, locatable on a map, but they become more than just physical places. They are also vitally important in the constitution of Shi’a identity, and Karbala, in particular, comes to be far more than a physical place—it comes to be an essential part of Shi’a identity throughout the Muslim world.

Keywords:   Damascus, Hossein, Karbala, Muslim pilgrimage, religious identity, Shi’a, Umayyad Mosque

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