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Moral Economy of Pilgrimage and Civil Society in Iran: Religious, Commercial and Tourist Trips to Damascus

 

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Type:   Article
 
Titre:   Moral Economy of Pilgrimage and Civil Society in Iran: Religious, Commercial and Tourist Trips to Damascus
 
Auteur(s):   Adelkhah, Fariba (1953-...) - Centre de recherches internationales (Auteur)
 
In:   South african historical journal
 
Date de publication:   2009
 
Éditeur:   AFRIQUE DU SUD  :  Unisa Press
 
Volume:   61
 
Numéro:   1
 
Pages:   38-53  p.
 
ISSN:   02582473
 
Résumé:   [en] The pilgrimage is a central religious practice in Islam. But beneath this banal observation lies a great social and historical complexity. On the one hand pilgrimage is not a timeless phenomenon, it is located within time and space; on the other hand it is made up of religious and mundane or profane aspects that are looked upon as unconnected with religion. It is this complexity that makes pilgrimage a political practice important to the formation of civil society. The observation of a group of Iranian Shiites throughout the pilgrimage to the holy sites of Syria in July 2003 helps to understand the role played by women both as pilgrims and traders. It also highlights the social impact of such practices as referred to gender relationships, the autonomy of business in the state, and the process of individuation. Although as transcendental as they have ever been, the religious experiences are far from being devoid of rational and economic calculation. Thus the pilgrimage is less a kind of updating of communitas for believers than an area where social practices are shaped and struggles identified in the double context of nation and globalisation.
 
URL:   http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02582470902804431
 
 

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