Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Syrian refugees in Jordan: Negotiating diasporic identity through sacred symbols
by Oliden, Brenda, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2015, 114; 1590918
Abstract (Summary)

The ongoing war in Syria is reaching its fourth year, and over 1.5 million people have been forced to leave their homes into surrounding countries. This thesis looks at the Syrian refugees that have traveled to neighboring Jordan, and how religion has kept them stable in diaspora. Looking at Thomas Tweed's theory on translocative religion, I will show how diasporic religion symbolically moves in time and space through the use of sacred artifacts and rituals. Emile Durkheim's lens will reflect why human-made objects are sacred.

The Muslim Syrian refugees that took part in this research always identified with a vision of what the Syrian nation should be: a nation where religion could be practiced and where sectarianism did not divide the people. Benedict Anderson's "imagined community" makes that nation accessible in the imagination, since the refugees cannot physically be there.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Pandya, Sophia
Commitee: Hawkins, Bradley, Pandya, Sophia, Stewart, David T.
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Religious Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion, Islamic Studies, Middle Eastern Studies
Keywords: Diaspora, Identity, Islam, Refugees, Religion, Syria
Publication Number: 1590918
ISBN: 978-1-321-81088-2
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