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Pilgrimage in North Africa and the Middle East. Introduction

Abstract : As large scale social phenomena, pilgrimages cannot be reduced to their sole religious dimension. They fully participate in the mobility of the North Africa and Middle East area and sustain the development of tourism and trade exchanges. Ephemeral crossroads and extraordinary events, pilgrimages form not only a melting pot for people, but also for goods and ideas which are diffused upon the return of the pilgrims, thus involving important and often durable material, political or even psychological transformations. Gathering huge crowds, performing intense festive activities, pilgrimages are challenges for the public order at the same time as they put to the test the urban public space they shape and transform. The articles gathered in this volume bring to light the polymorphic event of pilgrimage in North Africa and the Middle East. Although it is a universal phenomenon, the pilgrimage, which, in this vast region, is endowed with distinctive characteristics, continues to be one of the main channels for community integration.
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Anna Madoeuf, Sylvia Chiffoleau. Pilgrimage in North Africa and the Middle East. Introduction. Sylvia Chiffoleau et Anna Madoeuf. Les pèlerinages au Maghreb et au Moyen-Orient. Espaces publics, espaces du public, Institut français du Proche-Orient, Beyrouth, pp.1-25, 2010, Electroniques, contemporain publications n° 18. ⟨halshs-01018758⟩

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