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Labours of Inter-religious Tolerance

Cultural and Spatial Intimacy in Croatia and Turkey

Jeremy F. Walton

Based on ethnographic research in Croatia and Turkey, this article explores two projects of inter-religious tolerance in relation to broader logics of cultural and spatial intimacy. In the Croatian case, the focus is on the public discourse surrounding Rijeka's Nova Džamija [New Mosque] which pivoted on a perception of the shared victimization of Catholic Croats and Muslim Bosnians at the hands of Serbs during the wars of the 1990s. For Turkey, we focus on a project in Ankara that aims to provide a single site of worship for Sunni and Alevi Muslims, a 'mosque-cem house'. The analysis highlights some common formations of tolerance and cultural intimacy expressed by both projects, as well as the divergent spatial practices and modes of spatial intimacy that distinguish the two sites.

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Jeremy F. Walton and Piro Rexhepi

fact of religious difference. The motifs of inter-religious tolerance, convivencia , and co-existence among religious communities structure these debates, especially in relation to the transnational politics of ‘religious freedom’ ( Hurd 2015

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Introduction

Religious Plurality, Interreligious Pluralism, and Spatialities of Religious Difference

Jeremy F. Walton and Neena Mahadev

Modern World , 7 – 28 . New York : Palgrave Macmillan . 10.1007/978-1-137-04144-9_2 Walton , Jeremy F. 2015 . “ Labours of Inter-religious Tolerance: Cultural and Spatial Intimacy in Croatia and Turkey .” Cambridge Journal of Anthropology 33