When the Cemetery Becomes Political
Dealing with the Religious Heritage in Multi-Ethnic Regions
2020, Schriften des Instituts für Interdisziplinäre Zypern-Studien, Band 14, 226 pages, paperback, with numerous illustrations, many of them in colour, 34,90 €, ISBN 978-3-8309-4265-8
With contributions by
Elie Al Hindy, Vassos Argyrou, Alexandra Bounia, Dima de Clerck, Lisa Dikomitis, Ziad Fahed, Thorsten Kruse, Theodosios Tsivolas, Željana Tunić, Leon Saltiel, Petros Savvides, Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert
Further questions addressed in this book are: Why does one group destroy or desecrate the cemeteries and places of worship of the other group(s) during interreligious or interethnic conflicts? What are the reasons behind such extreme actions, and what is the purpose of such acts of destruction? The book gives insights into the complex and complicated interaction between religion and politics – and thus contributes to the discussion of a hot topic of our times.
The ten papers in this book provide insight into complexities and intricate interactions between the religious and the political in the eastern and north-eastern Mediterranean, regions where the coexistence of different religious communities has created challenges in the recent past. At the same time, the topics have validity in many regions where diversity and coexistence of religious groups have become a certainty.
Marcus van der Meulen, Future for Religious Heritage.