Religion

Waking up for suhur during Ramadan

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 28.05.2006:

The following is a memory of Ali Qleibo, a cultural anthroplogist from Jerusalem:

The mshahher, a lonely turbaned man clad in a flowing gellabiah, tambourine in hand, moving from house to house, who made sure everyone is awake, has become for many a vague image. His calls, admonishing the sleepers to rise and pray, still echo in my ears: Al-Salaat khair min an-nawm (prayers are better (...)

View Contribution

Holy Sepulchre: Guardians of the key

Contributed by Toine Van Teeffelen on 28.05.2006:

Ironically, the responsibility for guarding the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, one of the holiest sites in Christendom, falls on the shoulders of two Moslem families, the Joudehs (historically known as Ghudia) and the Nusseibehs. According to a complicated agreement whose origins are lost in the mists of time, the Joudeh family keeps the keys and the Nusseibeh family opens the doors.

Sc(...)

View Contribution

The Greek Orthodox Community in the Holy Land

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 25.05.2006:

The Arabic speaking Greek Orthodox denomination is considered the most ancient and most widespread among Christians in this land. The roots of this community date back to the time of the early propagation of Christianity in the East by the apostles. It was the first church to regulate masses and from it originated priesthood and the notion of abstinence and devotion to prayer. Christianity s(...)

View Contribution

Bethlehem: Moslem-Christian living together

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 18.05.2006:

The land of Palestine is inhabited by a majority of Moslems who, like the Christians and the Jews, venerate many of the patriarchs and prophets of the Old Testament, and who also feel a special relationship with Bethlehem as the birthplace of the Prophet Jesus (or 'Isa in Arabic). Of all the Christian saints, Moslems venerate especially Mary, the mother of Jesus, to whom a full sura (chapter (...)

View Contribution

Bethlehem: Christian practices and traditions

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 16.05.2006:

The following account is a history of Christian practices and traditions in Bethlehem.

Source:

BETHLEHEM: A COMMUNITY BOOK

Copyright: Arab Educational Institute, Bethlehem, 1999

Printed in Bethlehem, Palestine RAI house of art

Copies can be ordered at the Arab Educational Institute,

P.O.Box 681, Bethlehem, Palestine via Israel

aei@p-ol.com
<(...)

View Contribution

Feast of St. George May 5, 2000; Arab Educational Institute/Artas Folklore Center Discover Palestine Trip

Contributed by Leyla Zuaiter on 14.05.2006:

St. George, also known as "Al Khader" or "the Green One," which is also the name of the village in which his church is located, has a very prominent place in Palestinian tradition. What is extremely interesting is that he is associated with the Jewish Elija,/Elias, the Christian Saint George, and the Muslim "Al Khider," who was a kind of Sufi guide to Musa, or Moses in the Koran. Many of the(...)

View Contribution

The Experience of the Sublime in Ramadan Light installations, taraweeh and iftar in Al-Aqsa Mosque

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 25.02.2006:

By Dr. Ali Qleibo

This Week in Palestine

December 2005

This year Jerusalem witnessed an unparalleled zeal welcoming the holy month of Ramadan. Since the Islamic lunar calendar year is 11 to 12 days shorter than the solar year, Ramadan migrates throughout the seasons. This year Ramadan fell in the month of October which coincided with the warmer first half of the Palestini(...)

View Contribution

Nebi Rubeen The wedding of sweet water and salt water

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 25.02.2006:

This Week in Palestine

December 2005

By Dr. Salim Tamari The Institute of Jerusalem Stu

The celebration of the festival of the prophet Rubeen (Reuven) along the southern shores of Jaffa has had a rich cultural history. Nebi Rubeen was one of two major celebrations (the other one being Nabi Musa) initiated in the twelfth century by Salah Eddin Al-Ayyubi and his lieutenants(...)

View Contribution

El-Khader: A National Palestinian Symbol

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 25.02.2006:

This Week in Palestine

December 2005

By Dr. Ali Qleibo

Saints' shrines and holy men's memorial domes (maqam) dot the Palestinian landscape – an architectural testimony to Christian/Moslem Palestinian mysticism and its roots in Canaanite spirituality.

The holy site may be a modest square room with a melancholy dome crouching in the shadow of an ancient oak tree perc(...)

View Contribution

The Sanctuary of Nabi Musa

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 25.02.2006:

This Week in Palestine

December 2005

By Emma Boltanski

Since the Middle Ages, each year in April, the Moslems of Palestine celebrate the mawsim of Nabi Musa (pilgrimage of the prophet Moses). To reach the sanctuary, it is necessary to leave the principal axis connecting Jerusalem to Jericho and to get on a narrow, sinuous road that runs between the sand dunes. With the tu(...)

View Contribution
 1 2 3 4 5 6 7