The Dynamics of Coexistence in the Middle East: Negotiating Boundaries Between Christians, Muslims, Jews and Samaritans in Palestine

Author: Julia Droeber

Publisher/Publication: I.B. Tauris

DOI/ISBN: 9780857722980

This book explores from an anthropological point of view the contrasts between the official discourse of harmony and interreligious coexistence and the boundaries of these relations in the town of Nablus in Palestine, as they are limited by peoples’ notions and behaviors. It analyses the strategies of constructing the notions of others and national selves in each religious community, describes the boundaries of relations in everyday practices such as marriage patterns, food consumption, and addresses the use of international networks by each community. This research shows a small part of the hierarchical social relations in Nablus and of Palestine in general.