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Choreographies of Shared Sacred SitesReligion, Politics, and Conflict Resolution$
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Elazar Barkan and Karen Barkey

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231169943

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231169943.001.0001

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Tolerance Versus Holiness

Tolerance Versus Holiness

The Jerusalem Museum of Tolerance and the Mamilla Muslim Cemetery

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Choreographies of Shared Sacred Sites

Yitzhak Reiter

Columbia University Press

The proposed Museum of Tolerance (MOT) in Jerusalem was supposed to occupy a portion of Mamilla Cemetery, an important Muslim cemetery that had been removed from use, rezoned for construction, and covered by a parking lot many years before. In 2006 a dispute over the museum erupted. The arguments advanced for and against the museum's placement provide an opportunity to examine the choreography of sacred spaces around notions of sharing that are somewhat removed from the kinds of sharing encountered in sites where competing religious organizations make claims on a site for their present religious practices. The chapter analyzes the case of the MOT from the perspective of conflict resolution. In terms of choreography, it examines the history of the dispute by paying close attention to the specific legal regime, the combinations of religious and civil courts under the British Mandate, and the Israeli justice system.

Keywords:   Museum of Tolerance, Mamilla Cemetery, sacred sites, sacred spaces, sharing

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