Shared symbols; Muslims, Marian pilgrimage and gender
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SourceThe European Journal of Women's Studies, 15, 3, (2008), pp. 295-311
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FSW_IGS Institute for Gender Studies
The European Journal of Women's Studies
SubjectAnthropology and Development Studies; Dynamics of gender
Despite the trend of secularization, pilgrimages to sacred sites flourish. Most of the pilgrims are women and the reasons for their visits often have to do with the dynamics of women's lives. Some of the pilgrims to sites dedicated to St Mary are Muslims. This is interesting in the present political context in which lines are being redrawn between Christians and Muslims and their respective religious identities. Why would Muslims go to Marian shrines and how do they negotiate their relationship to the figure of the Virgin Mary and thereby define their gender and religious position? This article describes the experiences of Muslim pilgrims at Marian sites in Germany, Portugal and Turkey, and analyses these in terms of gender and religious identity.
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