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"Kullnā miṯl baʿḍ"! Heilige Orte, ethnische Grenzen und die Bewältigung alltäglicher Probleme in Syrien

Gebhard Fartacek
Anthropos
Bd. 106, H. 1. (2011), pp. 3-19
Published by: Anthropos Institut
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23031797
Page Count: 17
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Abstract

"Kullnā miṯl baʿḍ" — We are all equal! This saying refers to the interaction of different ethnic-religious communities (Sunnites, Christians, Alawites, Druzes) at local sanctuaries, which I encountered during my ethnographic field research in the Middle East. This article focuses on the cognitive construction of holy places and its relation to collective identities in the present-day Arabic Republic of Syria. My argument is that statements in the sense of Kullnā miṯl baʿḍ are an outcome of the theoretical construction of holy places in the context of baraka. It is mainly an epistemological way of thinking the sacred which is commonly shared by members of all the different ethnic-religious communities — within the little tradition.

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