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Religious Practices: Pilgrimage: Caucasus
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In anthropology, pilgrimage is analyzed as a rite of passage, as a liminal phase of life that removes the pilgrim from the hierarchical structures of everyday life and gives him a sense of communitas, the experience of community without sociological structure. This theory of structure and anti-structure excludes questions which concentrate on the social context of the pilgrimage, the motives and the identity of the pilgrims, and hence the relevance of gender.

In the context of Islamic societies the pilgrimage to Mecca was considered predominantly a male activity establishing the umma…

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Pfluger-Schindlbeck, Ingrid, “Religious Practices: Pilgrimage: Caucasus”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 02 December 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0614b>
First published online: 2009

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