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Between Cultural Diversity and Common Heritage: Legal and Religious Perspectives on the Sacred Places of the Mediterranean

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Edited by: Silvio Ferrari, Andrea Benzo

ISBN13: 9781472426017
Published: July 2014
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £85.00



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Going beyond the more usual focus on Jerusalem as a sacred place, this book presents legal perspectives on the most important sacred places of the Mediterranean.

The first part of the book discusses the notion of sacred places in anthropological, sociological and legal studies and provides an overview of existing legal approaches to the protection of sacred places in order to develop and define a new legal framework. The second part introduces the meaning of sacred places in Jewish, Christian and Islamic thought and focuses on the significance and role that sacred places have in the three major monotheistic religions and how best to preserve their religious nature whilst designing a new international statute. The final part of the book is a detailed analysis of the legal status of key sacred places and holy cities in the Mediterranean area and identifies a set of legal principles to support a general framework within which specific legal measures can be implemented.

The book concludes with a useful appendix for the protection of sacred places in the Mediterranean region. Including contributions from leading law and religion scholars, this interesting book will be valuable to those in the fields of international law, as well as religion and heritage studies.

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Subjects:
Public International Law
Contents:
Preface, Jean-Pierre Mazery
Introduction: the legal protection of the sacred places of the Mediterranean, Silvio Ferrari

Part I What is a Sacred Place?: Towards a definition of sacred places: introductory remarks, Andrea Benzo
The sacred spaces and sites of the Mediterranean in contemporary theological, anthropological and sociological approaches and debates, Yuri Stoyanov
General problems of international law concerning sacred places, Umberto Leanza
Finding a grammar of consent for 'soft law' guidelines on sacred places: the legal protection of sacred places within the existing public international law instruments and grass-root approaches, Peter Petkoff.

Part II Sacred Places and Religious Traditions: Sharing sacred places. A Jewish perspective, Jack Bemporad
The sacred places in the Christian tradition, Pier Francesco Fumagalli
'God has made the earth like a carpet': the sacred places in the Islamic tradition, Yahia Pallavicini.

Part III The Sacred Places of the Mediterranean: Jerusalem's holy sites in Israeli law, Marshall Breger
Jerusalem as a holy place: Christian sites in the holy city, Rafael Palomino
The Haram al-Sharif in Jerusalem: an Israeli law perspective, Moussa Abou Ramadan
Envisaging a legal framework for ensuring sustainable preservation of holy places with regard to the case of Kosovo and Metohia, Du'an Rakitic
Holy places and religious institutions in Kosova: comparative legal and religious approach, Baki Svirca
The regime of Mount Athos, Charalambos K. Papastathis
Sacred heritage in Cyprus: bolstering protection through the implementation of international law standards and the adoption of an object-oriented approach, Alessandro Chechi
Mecca: the 'blessed heart' of Islam, Simon Page

Conclusion: a soft-law approach to the protection of sacred places?, Silvio Ferrari
Appendix
Index.