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Many Voices of Pilgrimage and Reconciliation, The

Many Voices of Pilgrimage and Reconciliation, The

CABI Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage Series

Edited by I S McIntosh, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, USA, L D Harman, King's University College at Western University Canada, Canada

October 2017 / Hardback / 240 Pages / 9781786393265 £87.50 / €113.00 / $144.00
With 10% online discount: £78.75 / €101.70 / $129.60
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Main Description

Reviewing peace and reconciliation, secular pilgrimages, and international perspectives on sacred journeys, this book offers the reader an opportunity to encounter multiple voices and viewpoints on one of the most ancient practices of humankind. With an estimated third of all international travellers now undertaking journeys anticipating an aspect of transformation (the hallmark of pilgrimage), this book includes both spiritual and non-spiritual voyages, such as journeys of self-therapy, mindfulness and personal growth. It also:

- Provides a multidisciplinary perspective, covering themes such as gender, human rights, equality, the environment, peace, history, literature, and politics
- Reflects the rich diversity and multiple meanings of pilgrimage through an international writer team spanning four continents
- Includes case studies of pilgrimage in action from around the world

An innovative and engaging addition to the pilgrimage literature, this book provides an important resource for researchers of religious tourism and related subjects.


Researchers in religious tourism and pilgrimage.

  • Introduction: The Many Voices of Pilgrimage and Reconciliation
  • Part I: Peace, Human Rights and Justice
  • Chapter 1: Pilgrimages and Peace-Building on the Global Stage
  • Chapter 2: Pilgrimages of Transformation and Reconciliation: Maori and Pakeha Walking Together in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Chapter 3: ‘Sheaves of Corn in an Autumn Field’: The ‘Hungry’ Walk to Delphi Lodge
  • Chapter 4: (Re)Walking Stories: Pilgrimage, Pedagogy and Peace
  • Chapter 5: Pilgrimage, Bhakti and Identity: A Study of Maharashtrian Vari
  • Part II: Reconciliation Within
  • Chapter 6: Circling Centre, Finding Our Way Home:Circumambulation Pilgrimages around Iona, Mount Tamalpais and Labyrinths
  • Chapter 7: Pilgrimage and Reconciliation: Crossing Boundaries to Transcend Them
  • Chapter 8: A Yogic Journey: Exploration of Yoga Practice and Philosophy
  • Chapter 9: Pilgrimage Walking as Green Prescription Self-Therapy?
  • Chapter 10: The Social Self on Pilgrimage: Intercession and Mediation
  • Part III: Religious and Secular Perspectives
  • Chapter 11: Let Us Be Human: Wittgenstein and Philosophical Pilgrimage
  • Chapter 12: The Pilgrimage to the Mausoleum of Sidi Shaykh
  • Chapter 13: Travel and/or Pilgrimage as Inquiry and Introspection: A Personal Narrative of an Atheist
  • Chapter 14: The Pilgrim’s Two Economies: Greek Convent Pilgrimage and Economic Crisis
  • Chapter 15: ‘My Heart Wouldn’t Accept the Advice’: Paths to Self and Community in Alevi Poetry
"Highlights key issues and debates in the study of pilgrimage which encompasses geographically diverse case studies conducted using different approaches and from different disciplinary perspectives. The book is well edited and it is an important contribution to understand challenges and issues in pilgrimage and reconciliation around the world." - Hongliang Yan, Journal of Heritage Tourism, May 2018.

Harman Lesley D. Harman is Professor of Sociology at King's University College at Western University, Canada. She received her Ph.D. in 1983 from York University, North York, Canada. She is the author of The Modern Stranger: On Language and Membership (Mouton de Gruyter, 1987), When a Hostel Becomes a Home: Experiences of Women (Garamond, 1988), and We Are Never Alone: Healing Lessons from the Camino (Ursus, 2009). She is the editor of A Sociology of Pilgrimage: Embodiment, Identity, Transformation (Ursus, 2014) and co-editor (with Ian S. McIntosh) of The Many Voices of Pilgrimage and Reconciliation (CABI, 2017).

McIntosh is an Adjunct Professor in Anthropology in the School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, Indiana (IUPUI). He is also the Director of International Partnerships at IUPUI, and the Associate Director of the Confucius Institute in Indianapolis. He is a co-founder of Past Masters International, and the Indianapolis Spiritual Trail.