© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/156852911X547466 Religion and the Arts 15 (2011) 1–60 brill.nl/rart RELIGION and the ARTS Jewish-Muslim Veneration at Pilgrimage Places in the Holy Land Pamela Berger Boston College Abstract For millennia human communities have designated certain sites as sacred and nowhere more so than in the Holy Land. The Bible records that Canaanites worshipped in “high places,” and the prophets railed against the Israelites for continuing the practice. Jesus cas- tigated the Pharisees for adorning the tombs of the prophets. When Jews were expelled from Jerusalem, those who remained on the land did not abandon their devotion to the holy sites. When the Muslims arrived they continued the practice of visiting the tombs of those ﬁgures mentioned in both the Bible and the Quran. Throughout the Middle Ages and into the modern period Muslims and Jews wrote about their visits to these jointly- venerated tombs. Jews made illustrated scrolls, wall hangings, and other works of art depict- ing these sites, representing the shrines with prominent Islamic crescents on top, an indication that Jewish viewers felt no discomfort at the use of this iconography. The Jewish valorization of the Islamic crescent atop shrines common
Religion and the Arts – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2011
Keywords: tombs; pilgrimage; Jewish arts and crafts; shrines; Holy Land
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