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In this book, Joy McCorriston examines the continuity of traditions over millennia in the Near East. Tracing the phenomenon of pilgrimage in pre-Islamic Arabia up through the development of the Hajj, she defines its essential characteristics and emphasizes the critical role that pilgrimage plays in enabling and developing socioeconomic transactions. Indeed, the social identities constructed through pilgrimage are key to understanding the long-term endurance of the phenomenon. In the second part of the book, McCorriston turns to the household, using cases of ancient households in Mesopotamian societies, both in the private and public spheres. Her conclusions tie together broader theoretical implications generated by the study of the two phenomena and offer a new paradigm for archaeological study, which has traditionally focused on transitions to the exclusion of continuity of traditions.Read more
- The only archaeological study of pre-Islamic pilgrimage
- Goes beyond culture history to explain persistent cultural institutions; builds new social theory
- Emphasizes the role of Arabian pilgrimage in building peaceful societies
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"...this is a very significant book for understanding the longterm history of the Middle East, and it does an important job in forcing prehistorians to look at their work within the context of written history while reminding historians of the deeper roots of Middle Eastern culture." --Current Anthropology
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- Date Published: March 2011
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521137607
- length: 306 pages
- dimensions: 255 x 179 x 14 mm
- weight: 0.62kg
- contains: 55 b/w illus. 6 maps 4 tables
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
2. Why pilgrimage?
3. Pilgrimage practice in Arabian antiquity
4. The cattle shrine at Kheshiya and the origins of pilgrimage societies
5. Household practice in Mesopotamian antiquity
6. Neolithic houses and the scales of social practice
7. Landscape as habitus and the tempo of social practice
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