Religion

Religious places in the Hebron region

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 27.06.2006:

Nabi Matta/Nabi Younis/Ein al-Dirweh

These are small, in themselves unspectacular religiously associated places along the Bethlehem-Hebron road. They illustrate how Islam endorses the holy persons of other religions, including Christianity and Judaism. The Nabi Matta Mosque in Beit‘Umar possibly relates to Matthew, the apostle and Gospel writer who according to tradition was buried the(...)

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Vow making

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 21.06.2006:

Vow making is a religious custom in which a believer promises to perform a pious act or some form of labor in exchange for help from a weli or saint. In the West, vow making is sometimes practiced when prayers are directed to St Anthony for the purpose of recovering something precious that is lost. In Palestine, like elsewhere in the Mediterranean area, vow making practices have traditionally(...)

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Badriyyeh’s shrine (near Beit Jala)

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 21.06.2006:

Not only Moslems vowed at religious shrines which were not their own. In their turn, Christians performed vows at Moslem places. For instance, the Christian women of Beit Jala used to visit the tomb of Badriyyeh (or "moon") to the west of town in the village of Waladjeh. Badriyyeh was a female weli known for her effective intercessions. The Palestinian folklorist Tawfiq Canaan provides an ext(...)

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Icons in Palestinian churches

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 21.06.2006:

Many of the local, especially Eastern churches emphasize that God came to earth in order to allow human beings and the natural world to gain a divine aspect, to become like the image of God. While it is not possible to comprehend God in a direct way, as God's essence is an unknowable mystery, it is possible to experience God's radiation or energies - the Holy Spirit - in an indirect way, thro(...)

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Little Miriam – a Palestinian nun

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 21.06.2006:

(from: Bethlehem Community Book, AEI-Open Windows, Bethlehem 1999)

In September 1999, the Greek-Catholic or Melkite community in Palestine came to celebrate in Bethlehem the lustrum of the beatification of the 'little Miriam', the founder of the imposing Carmel Convent there. Bishop Lutfi Laham spoke about her poverty, suffering, traveling and love for the land - a life in which every (...)

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Christian Denominations in the Bethlehem Area

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 21.06.2006:

From AEI-Open Windows, Bethlehem Community book, Bethlehem, 1999)

How to distinguish the different church communities in the Holy Land? Given its history, there is no escaping from the fact that much of the differences have to deal with politics, either of an ecclesiastical or a secular nature. When one would ask a Palestinian Christian to tell why he or she belongs to a particular chu(...)

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Ramadan is Back

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 17.06.2006:

By Amal Nashashibi

During the whole month of Ramadan, Moslems break away from strict social norms and enjoy a freer spiritual, physical, gastronomic, economic and recreational life. This statement may shock some people who think that Ramadan is the month of strict discipline and self restraint. In fact, it may be so during daylight hours, but not between sunset and dawn. Few people, in(...)

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Moslem-Christian relations: Hania Bitar

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 06.06.2006:

WAITING FOR GODOT

Interview with Hania Bitar

By Katherine von Schubert, for the Arab Educational Institute

Published in The Jerusalem Times

Hania Bitar is director general of the Palestinian Youth Association for Leadership and Rights Activation (PYALARA), an organization based in Ar-Ram and among other things known for its Arabic-English youth paper The Youth Time(...)

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Moslem-Christian relations: Sana’a Abu Ghosh

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 06.06.2006:

By Katharine von Schubert, for the Arab Educational Institute

Interview with Sana Abu Ghosh, Wednesday 11th December 2002

Head of UNRWA school in Batir village, Bethlehem, in her house in Beit Jala

Published in The Jerusalem Times

What does in mean to you to be a Palestinian Muslim?

Firstly I am an Arab, second I am Palestinian, thirdly I am Muslim. This is (...)

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Moslem-Christian relations: Bernard Sabella

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 06.06.2006:

Interview with Bernard Sabella – 9 December 2002

Moslem-Christian living together in Palestine

By Katherine von Schubert, for the Arab Educational Institute

DSPR Office - 31 Nablus Rd

Published in The Jerusalem Times

Let me tell you what I actually believe. I actually believe we have a heritage of Christian-Muslim coexistence. We share with one another the c(...)

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