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100 1  Ferg, Erica,|eauthor 
245 10 Geography, religion, gods, and saints in the Eastern 
       Mediterranean /|cErica Ferg 
264  1 Abingdon, Oxon ;|aNew York, NY :|bRoutledge,|c2020 
300    x, 287 pages :|billustrations, maps ;|c24 cm 
336    text|btxt|2rdacontent 
337    unmediated|bn|2rdamedia 
338    volume|bnc|2rdacarrier 
504    Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-279) and 
520    "Geography, Religion, Gods, and Saints in the Eastern 
       Mediterranean explores the influence of geography on 
       religion and highlights a largely unknown story of 
       religious history in the Eastern Mediterranean. In the 
       Levant, agricultural communities of Jews, Christians, and 
       Muslims jointly venerated and largely shared three 
       important saints or holy figures: Jewish Elijah, Christian
       St. George, and Muslim al-Khiḍr. These figures share 
       'peculiar' characteristics, such as associations with rain,
       greenness, fertility, and storms. Only in the Eastern 
       Mediterranean are Elijah, St. George, and al-Khiḍr shared 
       between religious communities, or characterized by these 
       same agricultural attributes - attributes that also were 
       shared by regional religious figures from earlier time 
       periods, such as the ancient Near Eastern Storm-god Baal-
       Hadad, and Levantine Zeus. This book tells the story of 
       how that came to be, and suggests that the figures share 
       specific characteristics, over a very long period of time,
       because these motifs were shaped by the geography of the 
       region. Ultimately, this book suggests that regional 
       geography has influenced regional religion; that Judaism, 
       Christianity, and Islam are not, historically or textually
       speaking, separate religious traditions (even if Jews, 
       Christians, and Muslims are members of distinct religious 
       communities); and that shared religious practices between 
       members of these and other local religious communities are
       not unusual. Instead, shared practices arose out of a 
       common geographical environment and an interconnected 
       religious heritage, and are a natural historical feature 
       of religion in the Eastern Mediterranean. This volume will
       be of interest to students of ancient Near Eastern 
       religions, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, sainthood, 
       agricultural communities in the ancient Near East, Middle 
       Eastern religious and cultural history, and the 
       relationships between geography and religion"--|cProvided 
       by publisher 
650  0 Religion and geography 
651  0 Middle East|xReligion 
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