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Governing the Sacred: Political Toleration in Five Contested Sacred Sites
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Governing the Sacred: Political Toleration in Five Contested Sacred Sites (Hardback)

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Holy sites are often at the center of intense contestation between different groups regarding a wide variety of issues, including ownership, access, usage rights, permissible religious conduct, and many others. They are often the source intractable long-standing conflicts and extreme violence.

These difficulties are exemplified by the five sites profiled in Governing the Sacred : Devils Tower National Monument (Wyoming, US), Babri Masjid/Ram Janmabhoomi (Uttar-Pradesh, India), the Western Wall (Jerusalem), the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Jerusalem), and the Temple Mount/Haram esh-Sharif (Jerusalem). Telling the fascinating stories of these high-profile contested sites, the authors develop and critically explore five different models of governing such sites:

"non-interference," "separation and division," "preference," "status-quo," and "closure." Each model relies on different sets of considerations; central among them are trade-offs between religious liberty and social order. This novel typology aims to assist democratic governments in their attempt to secure public order and

mutual toleration among opposed groups in contested sacred sites.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesAnthropologySocial & cultural anthropologyReligion & BeliefsReligion: generalInterfaith relationsReligion & BeliefsReligion: generalReligious issues & debates Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc Publication Date: 15/05/2020 ISBN-13: 9780190932381  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Nahshon Perez is a senior lecturer in the Department of Political Studies at Bar Ilan University. His fields of research include toleration, pluralism, religion-state relations, and the rectification of past wrongs. He is author of Freedom from Past Injustices: A Critical Evaluation of Claims for Inter-Generational Reparations. Yuval Jobani is a senior lecturer of Jewish Philosophy and Education at Tel Aviv University. His research interests include the variety of Jewish secularisms, religion and the public sphere as well as religion and education in contemporary society. He is author of The Role of Contradictions in Spinoza's Philosophy: The God Intoxicated Heretic. Yuval Jobani and Nahshon Perez's previous book Women of the Wall: Navigating Religion in Sacred Sites was also published by Oxford University Press (2017).

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