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Contents: Preface, H.E. Jean-Pierre Mazery; Introduction: the legal protection of the sacred places of the Mediterranean, Silvio Ferrari. Part I What is a Sacred Place?: Towards a definition of sacred places: introductory remarks, Andrea Benzo; The sacred spaces and sites of the Mediterranean in contemporary theological, anthropological and sociological approaches and debates, Yuri Stoyanov; General problems of international law concerning sacred places, Umberto Leanza; Finding a grammar of consent for 'soft law' guidelines on sacred places: the legal protection of sacred places within the existing public international law instruments and grass-root approaches, Peter Petkoff. Part II Sacred Places and Religious Traditions: Sharing sacred places: a Jewish perspective, Jack Bemporad; Sacred places in the Christian tradition, Pier Francesco Fumagalli; 'God has made the earth like a carpet': the sacred places in the Islamic tradition, Yahya Pallavicini. Part III The Sacred Places of the Mediterranean: Jerusalem's holy sites in Israeli law, Marshall J. Breger; Jerusalem as a holy place: Christian sacred sites in the holy city, Rafael Palomino; The Haram al-Sharif in Jerusalem: an Israeli law perspective, Moussa Abou Ramadan; Envisaging a legal framework for ensuring sustainable preservation of holy places with regard to the case of Kosovo and Metohia, Dusan RakitiA; Sacred places and religious institutions in Kosova, Baki Svirca; The regime of Mount Athos, Charalambos K. Papastathis; Sacred heritage in Cyprus: bolstering protection through the implementation of international law standards and the adoption of an object-oriented approach, Alessandro Chechi; Mecca: the 'blessed heart' of Islam, Simon Page; Conclusion: a soft-law approach to the protection of sacred places?, Silvio Ferrari. Appendix; Index.
Silvio Ferrari is Professor of Law and Religion at the Universities of Milan and Leuven. He has been Visiting professor at the University of California (Berkeley, 1994 and 2001), the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies (London, 1998-99) and the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Paris, Sorbonne, 2004). His main fields of interest are law and religion in Europe, comparative law of religions (particularly Jewish law, Canon law and Islamic law) and the Vatican policy in the Middle East. He has published widely on these and related areas. Andrea Benzo is Head of the Economic and Commercial Affairs Section of the Italian Embassy in Riyadh. He holds a Doctorate from the University of Macerata (Italy) in Canon and Ecclesiastical Law. His main fields of interest are law and religion in the Middle East and the role of religion in international relations.
'This book opens up different perspectives on an ancient and still unsolved issue. It provides new tools to deal with the complex question of the sacred places in an innovative and constructive way and contains a "Declaration" for their protection that is based on an accurate analysis of the religious, legal and political significance of the most important sacred places of the Mediterranean. It will be of great interest to politicians, diplomats and scholars.' Cesare Mirabelli, University of Roma Tor Vergata, Italy and former President of the Italian Constitutional Court 'These essays by distinguished scholars offer a thoughtful insight into the way sacred places of the three monotheistic religions in the Mediterranean have forged European cultural identity. Furthermore, they provide the reader with carefully thought out legal and administrative policies with regard to their protection and access.' Ismini Kriari, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Greece