Shared Places of Cult of Muslims and Christians in Macedonie in everyday praxis and Islamic jurisprudence

Fritz Thyssen Stiftung Post-doctoral Research Scholarship (Olimpia Dragouni)

The project focuses on places such as monasteries, churches, or mosques in North Macedonia where Christians and Muslims pray together (sharing the place), or interchangeably. Stretched conceptually between the elaborations of Robert Hayden in Antagonistic Tolerance. Competitive Sharing of religious sites and spaces (2016) and Magdalena Lubańska in Muslims and Christians in the Bulgarian Rhodopes. Studies on Religious (Anti)syncretism (2015), the project tries to explain the issues of sharing (sacred) space between Christians and Muslims in North Macedonia using tools provided by religious and specifically, Islamic studies.
The data collected through anthropological research of everyday practices, and textual analysis of historical sources and Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh; hadith, tafsir, fatwa) is used to explain the phenomena of sharing/mixing religious sites. Further, the aim is to indicate “general” stages of “othering” of Muslims by the non-Muslims, and vice versa. The term non-Muslims encompasses also Muslims of non-Sunni denominations placed under the umbrella of ahl al-qibla, i.e. people of the qibla, who pray towards Mekkah. While focusing on the perspective of Islam the project tries to include as many voices as possible (i.e.: both Sunni and non-Sunni, Slavic, Albanian, Romani, Turkish).
The synthetic work on sources collected through fieldwork and textual research is using methodological framework drawn from socio-cultural apparatus of Pierre Bourdieu through application of such analytical concepts as: fields of cultural and social production, fields of power, symbolic violence (Bourdieu 1977; 1984), as well as from memory studies, anchored in Pierre Nora’s notion of realm of memory (Nora 1996-1998).

Principal Investigators
Voß, Christian Prof. Dr. (Details) (South Slavic Languages and Cultures)

Financer
Fritz Thyssen Stiftung

Duration of Project
Start date: 07/2018
End date: 06/2019

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