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Pilgrimage and tourism to holy cities: ideological and management perspectives.

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This book covers the ideological motives and religious perceptions behind travel to sites prescribed with sanctity in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and puts emphasis on a practical application of religious tourism and pilgrimage management. Part I of the book, 'Western Pilgrimage to Holy Cities in Judaism, Christianity and Islam', provides historical and contemporary perspectives of pilgrimage ...


Chapter 4 (Page no: 43)

Christianity - Christian pilgrimage to sacred sites in the Holy Land: a Swedish perspective.

This chapter takes a past and present perspective on Swedish Christian pilgrimage to Jerusalem and the Holy Land. The discussion commences with an exploration of Jerusalem's special place as a sacred connection between heaven and earth. Before the popularization of travel, Christians in Sweden used imagery and maps to develop their conceptualization of this most holy landscape. As early as the 1000s, Nordic pilgrims were travelling to sites such as Jerusalem and Rome. And while their travels are well documented, it would appear from their writings that their motivations were more to do with curiosity and adventure than pilgrimage. The next generation of travellers discussed in the chapter were those who were interested in building upon their Sunday-school learned concepts of the Holy Land. The manner in which they reported and illustrated what they found further perpetuated the dominant imagery. From the beginning of the 20th century, it became apparent that the commercialization and modernization of Bethlehem, Jerusalem and other important Christian sites was challenging travellers' preconceived notions of these historically and spiritually important spaces. Travel writers started to question the established concepts and traditions, and thereby reflected on the importance for their readers of experiencing something new. In more recent times it has become apparent that this 'something new' is heavily influenced by the writer's own viewpoint, and that of the guides who lead them in their own travels. Thus, the chapter concludes with discussions on witnessing radical change in society, and sacred places as political watersheds.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 3) Western holy cities and places - an introduction. Author(s): Leppäkari, M. Griffin, K.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 13) Judaism - Jewish and Israeli pilgrimage experience: constructing national identity. Author(s): Inbari, M.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 24) Christianity - contemporary Christian pilgrimage and traditional management practices at sacred sites. Author(s): Enongene, V. Griffin, K.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 59) Islam - contemporary perspective. Author(s): Raj, R. Raja, I.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 71) Islam - spiritual journey in Islam: the Qur'anic Cognitive Model. Author(s): Elhadary, T.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 87) Pilgrimage policy management: between shrine strategy and ritual improvisation. Author(s): Coleman, S.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 100) The management of pilgrims with malevolent behaviour in a holy space: a study of Jerusalem syndrome. Author(s): Kalian, M. Witztum, E.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 113) Logistics at holy sites. Author(s): Trono, A.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 129) Protestants and pilgrimages: the Protestant infrastructure in Jerusalem. Author(s): Ariel, Y.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 144) The impact of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria's campaign on Yezidi religious structures and pilgrimage practices. Author(s): Al-Marashi, I.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 156) Ambassadors for the Kingdom: evangelical volunteers in Israel as long-term pilgrims. Author(s): Engberg, A.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 171) Redeeming Western holy places and contested holy cities. Author(s): Leppäkari, M.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Church of Sweden Research Unit, Uppsala, Sweden.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2017
  • ISBN
  • 9781780647388
  • Record Number
  • 20163376694