Accepting the post-colonial challenge: Theorizing a Khaldûnian approach to the Marian apparition at Medjugorje

This article seeks to expand the sociology of religion’s conceptual toolkit beyond the focus on religious belief and on organizational structures inherited from Western Christianity. After criticizing these origins, I use Ibn Khaldûn’s notion of al ‘assabiyyah or “group-feeling” to analyze the event...

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Published in:Critical research on religion
Main Author: Spickard, James V. 1948-
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Sage [2013]
In:Critical research on religion
Year: 2013, Volume: 1, Issue: 2, Pages: 158-176
Further subjects:B social solidarity
B Bosnia
B Religious conflict
B Ibn Khaldûn
B Ethnic conflict
B Social Theory
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Summary:This article seeks to expand the sociology of religion’s conceptual toolkit beyond the focus on religious belief and on organizational structures inherited from Western Christianity. After criticizing these origins, I use Ibn Khaldûn’s notion of al ‘assabiyyah or “group-feeling” to analyze the events surrounding the Marian apparitions at Medjugorje, Bosnia, in the 1980s and the later events in the same region during the 1990s Bosnian wars. This concept’s strength is its ability to treat religious and ethnic solidarity as part of the same phenomenon—something that previous literature on Medjugorje and the Bosnian war failed to do. Its weakness (for this case) is its focus on centripetal (attractive) solidarity rather than solidarity created by heightened social boundaries. The solidarities at Medjugorje were more often of the latter kind.
ISSN:2050-3040
Contains:Enthalten in: Critical research on religion
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1177/2050303213490039