Religious Practices and Beliefs in Wadi Mousa between the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries

Zeyad al-Salameen, Hani Falahat


This paper investigates some social, cultural and religious aspects of the Wadi Mousa area during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It focuses on the religious practices associated with the visits of sacred places either tombs or trees and tries to shed more light on their historical origins. The study is based on various sources which include the accounts of the European travellers who visited the area during this period, the interviews that have been made with old men and women, as well as the writings of amzah al-'Arabī who visited Wadi Mousa and Petra in 1924 and wrote his notes in his partially published book entitled; 'Jawlah Bayn al-Athaār'.


Wadi Mousa, Intangible cultural heritage, Religious practices and beliefs, Late Ottoman period

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