Parution : A. Coello de la Rosa, L. Jones (éd.), « Saints and Sanctity in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Striving for Remembrance », Routledge, 2020

Parution : Alexandre Coello de la Rosa, Linda Gale Jones (éd.), Saints and Sanctity in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Striving for Remembrance, Abingdon–New York,, Routledge, 2020.Saints and Sanctity in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam : Striving for remembrance book cover

Présentation : 

A common objective of saint veneration in all three Abrahamic religions is the recovery and perpetuation of the collective memory of the saint. Christianity, Judaism, and Islam all yield intriguing similarities and differences in their respective conceptions of sanctity. This edited collection explores the various literary and cultural productions associated with the cult of saints and pious figures, as well as the socio-historical contexts in which sainthood operates, in order to better understand the role of saints in monotheistic religions.

Using comparative religious and anthropological approaches, an international panel of contributors guides the reader through three main concerns. They describe and illuminate the ways in which sanctity is often configured. In addition, the diverse cultural manifestations of the cult of the saints are examined and analysed. Finally, the various religious, social, and political functions that saints came to play in numerous societies are compared and contrasted.

This ambitious study covers sanctity from the Middle Ages until the contemporary period, and has a geographical scope that includes Europe, Central Asia, North Africa, the Americas, and the Asian Pacific. As such, it will be of use to scholars of the history of religions, religious pluralism, and interreligious dialogue, as well as students of sainthood and hagiography.

Table des matières :

« Introduction », Alexandre Coello and Linda G. Jones

Part I: Holiness, Saints, and Sanctity in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

« Holiness, Saints, and Sanctity in Judaism », Alexandra Cuffel

« Holiness, Saints, and Sanctity in Christianity », Linda G. Jones

« Holiness, Saints, and Sanctity in Islam », Linda G. Jones

Part II: Case Studies

« Missionary martyrdoms and relics in the Mariana Islands: the cases of Jesuit Fathers Luis de Medina and Father Manuel de Solórzano, SJ », Alexandre Coello de la Rosa

« Models of Sanctity in the Medieval Islamic West: The Cases of Abū Ya‘zā and al-Yuḥānisī »,  Rachid El Hour

« A Mudejar Community of Saints: Reconfiguring Sanctity among the Mudejars of Aragon (13th-14h c.) », Linda G. Jones

« Masculinity, Sexuality, and Sanctity in the Ottoman Hagiographical Narratives: The Case of the Velāyet-nāme-i Ḥācī Bektaş-ı Velī », Ozgen Felek

« Jewish Saints and Sanctuaries in Colonial Morocco », Maite Ojeda Mata 

« Remembering a Moroccan Female Jewish Saint: Sol Hachuel through Her Nephew’s Letters to the Alliance Israélite Universelle (1880-1897) », Araceli González Vázquez

« Sufi Sainthood, Modernity, and Reformism: Sheikh Bin ‘Alīwa and the Colonial Maghreb », Josep Lluís Mateo Dieste

« Concluding Remarks », Alexandre Coello and Linda G. Jones.


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Agrégée d'Histoire, docteure en Histoire à l'Université Lyon 2 et membre associée du CIHAM, elle travaille sur les pratiques et les discours ayant trait à l'alimentation dans l'Occident islamique (al-Andalus et Maghreb)

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