Shrines and Religious Minorities in Mosul



  • This short chapter is part of a larger project exploring the role of prophet and saint shrines in medieval and early modern Iraq and Turkey. It examines three shrines in Mosul and surrounding regions to address the longstanding significance of these buildings and their changing association with peoples of different faiths. To address what the changing fortunes of these shrines can tell us about minority populations in medieval and early modern Mosul this study incorporates some of the recent criticisms of how minority populations of the Islamic world have been studied. This scholarship has not only underlined the existence of large non-Muslim minorities under Muslim rule, but problems with viewing minority populations through a static model based on the pact of Umar. It examines three shrines for which sharing was best documented and for which Mosul’s minority groups had a stake. These are: the mosque or mashhad of Jonah, the mausoleum of Mar Behnam and the tomb and synagogue of the Prophet Nahum.
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