Agency and the roles of Southern Jordanian Bedouin women on pilgrimage and visiting holy sites

  • Päivi Miettunen Finnish Institute in the Middle East

Abstract

In the Islamic world, numerous shrines shape and define its spiritual landscapes. While some of the shrines are tombs and memorials of major religious and historical figures, a majority of the sites are dedicated to ancestors of the local families and tribes. They function as centres of the religious community, but they also provide a secluded location for private spiritual visits and individual prayers. Women have participated in public rituals also, but it is in the private religious sphere that the women have created a space for independent religious action, connected, and yet separate from their mundane roles.


 

Keywords: Pilgrimage, Women, Islam, Agency, Shrines
How to Cite
Miettunen, P. (2018). Agency and the roles of Southern Jordanian Bedouin women on pilgrimage and visiting holy sites. Approaching Religion, 8(2), 40–53. https://doi.org/10.30664/ar.70428