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Tourism, Religion and Spiritual Journeys

1st Edition

Edited by Dallen Timothy, Daniel Olsen


288 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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Religion and spirituality are still among the most common motivations for travel - many major tourism destinations have developed largely as a result of their connections to sacred people, places and events. Providing a comprehensive assessment of the primary issues and concepts related to this intersection of tourism and religion, this revealing book gives a balanced discussion of both the theoretical and applied subjects that destination planners, religious organizations, scholars, and tourism service providers must deal with on a daily basis.

Bringing together a distinguished list of contributors, this volume takes a global approach and incorporates substantial empirical cases from Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Roman Catholicism, Mormonism, New Ageism, Sikhism, Buddhism, and the spiritual philosophies of East Asia. On a conceptual level, it considers, amongst other topics:

  • contested heritage
  • the pilgrim-tourist dichotomy
  • secularization of pilgrimage experiences
  • religious humanism
  • educational aspects of religious tourism
  • commodification of religious icons and services.

A vibrant collection of essays, this outstanding book discusses many important practices, paradigms, and problems that are currently being examined and debated. It raises an array of significant and interesting questions and as such is a valuable resource for students, scholars and researchers of tourism, religion and cultural studies.

Table of Contents

1. Tourism and Religious Journeys 2. Sacred Spaces and Tourist Places 3. Religious and Secular Pilgrimage 4. Paradigms of Travel 5. Travel and Journeying on the Sea of Faith 6. Religious Tourism as an Educational Experience 7. Empty Bottles at Sacred Sites 8. Management Issues for Religious Heritage Attractions 9. Tourism and the Spiritual Philosophies of the 'Orient' 10. Nature Religion, Self Spirituality and New Age Tourism 11. Global Jewish Tourism 12. Buddhism, Tourism and the Middle Way 13. Tourism and Islam 14. Pilgrimage in Sikh Tradition 15. Pilgrimage in Hinduism 16. Sacred Places and Tourism in the Roman Catholic Tradition 17. Tourism and Informal Pilgrimage among the Latter-Day Saints 18. Conclusion

About the Editors

Dallen J. Timothy is Associate Professor of Community Resources and Development at Arizona State University and Visiting Professor of Heritage Tourism at the University of Sunderland. Dr Timothy is editor of the Journal of Heritage Tourism and has published numerous books and articles on heritage, planning, borders, and religious tourism.

Daniel H. Olsen is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Geography at the University of Waterloo. His research interests include religious heritage tourism, cultural geography, and the geography of religion. He has published several articles and book chapters on various aspects of heritage tourism, religious tourism, and cultural geography.

About the Series

Contemporary Geographies of Leisure, Tourism and Mobility

The aim of this series is to explore and communicate the intersections and relationships between leisure, tourism and human mobility within the social sciences.
It will incorporate both traditional and new perspectives on leisure and tourism from contemporary geography whilst also providing for perspectives from cognate areas within the development of an integrated field of leisure and tourism studies.
Also, increasingly, tourism and leisure are regarded as steps in a continuum of human mobility. Inclusion of mobility in the series offers the prospect to examine the relationship between tourism and migration, the sojourner, educational travel, and second home and retirement travel phenomena.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / General
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
TRAVEL / General