A common objective of saint veneration in all three Abrahamic religions is the recovery and perpetuation of the collective memory of the saint. Christianity, Judaism, and Islam all yield intriguing similarities and differences in their respective conceptions of sanctity. This edited collection explores the various literary and cultural productions associated with the cult of saints and pious figures, as well as the socio-historical contexts in which sainthood operates, in order to better understand the role of saints in monotheistic religions.
Using comparative religious and anthropological approaches, an international panel of contributors guides the reader through three main concerns. They describe and illuminate the ways in which sanctity is often configured. In addition, the diverse cultural manifestations of the cult of the saints are examined and analysed. Finally, the various religious, social, and political functions that saints came to play in numerous societies are compared and contrasted.
This ambitious study covers sanctity from the Middle Ages until the contemporary period, and has a geographical scope that includes Europe, Central Asia, North Africa, the Americas, and the Asian Pacific. As such, it will be of use to scholars of the history of religions, religious pluralism, and interreligious dialogue, as well as students of sainthood and hagiography.
Table of Contents
1 Introduction. Alexandre Coello and Linda G. Jones
Part I: Holiness, Saints, and Sanctity in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
2 Holiness, Saints, and Sanctity in Judaism
3 Holiness, Saints, and Sanctity in Christianitnity
Linda G. Jones
4 Holiness, Saints, and Sanctity in Islam
Linda G. Jones
Part II: Case Studies
5 Missionary martyrdoms and relics in the Mariana Islands: the cases of Jesuit Fathers Luis de Medina and Father Manuel de Solórzano, SJ
Alexandre Coello de la Rosa
6 Models of Sanctity in the Medieval Islamic West: The Cases of Abū Ya‘zā and al-Yuḥānisī”.
Rachid El Hour
7 A Mudejar Community of Saints: Reconfiguring Sanctity among the Mudejars of Aragon (13th-14h c.)
Linda G. Jones
8 Masculinity, Sexuality, and Sanctity in the Ottoman Hagiographical Narratives: The Case of the Velāyet-nāme-i Ḥācī Bektaş-ı Velī
9 Jewish Saints and Sanctuaries in Colonial Morocco
Maite Ojeda Mata
10 Remembering a Moroccan Female Jewish Saint: Sol Hachuel through Her Nephew’s Letters to the Alliance Israélite Universelle (1880-1897)
Araceli González Vázquez
11 Sufi Sainthood, Modernity, and Reformism: Sheikh Bin ‘Alīwa and the Colonial Maghreb”.
Josep Lluís Mateo Dieste
12 Concluding Remarks. Alexandre Coello and Linda G. Jones.
Alexandre Coello is Senior Professor in the Department of Humanities at the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain. His main lines of research are dedicated to ecclesiastical history, particularly focused on colonial Peru and the Philippines. He is (co)editor of the Journal Illes i Imperis/Islands and Empires and his recent publications include Jesuits at the Margins (2016).
Linda G. Jones is Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities at the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain. She has published widely on the subject of comparitive religious studies, particularly preaching, and is also the Vice-President of the International Medieval Sermon Studies Society.