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Exhibiting Religious Objects Within Museums : Scientific Concept and Reflections on a Museum of Religion in Tunisia

Hamdouni, Aymen

Titre : Exhibiting Religious Objects Within Museums : Scientific Concept and Reflections on a Museum of Religion in Tunisia

Auteur : Hamdouni, Aymen

Université de soutenance : Philipps-Universität Marburg

Grade : Doktors der Philosophie 2021

Résumé partiel
Worldwide religion represents a significant component in most traditional and modern societies, democracies, and cultures, and forms an organizing, inspiring, legitimizing, and social power that have gained an unexpected anthropological and political importance during the last few centuries. Therefore, religious institutions and organizations morphed into a crucial identity factor that generates cohesion among people and every so often triggers tension, agitation, and violence. Religion forms an integral part of the social fabric that has a considerable influence on other social institutions and groups. It is not a particular moment in history since it belongs to the nature of man that strives to secure a common good, however, through time, this area of dynamism, socialization, belonging, and collective emotions has morphed into a historical and geopolitical force. Religion represents a central issue for individual and collective identity even in modern societies in which agnostic thought increasingly dominates the social and political sphere. The separation of religion from public policy has not abolished its involvement in the political and social decision-making processes, and even if secularization increasingly marks urban and modern civilizations, many people still show a great curiosity and inquisitiveness acquisitiveness for spiritual and religious experiences. This social body plays influential roles in matters of personal, collective identity and societal activities and lays down the rules governing life in society. It is not only the reflection or emanation of society, but rather its foundation that offers stability, solidarity, integration, unity, and cohesion. In the last decades, religion started occupying a growing position in museums, and religious object and lived experience have gained importance in the new museology. The pairing of both agencies triggered various challenges, which required a pluri-disciplinary dialogue to bridge the gap between spiritual aspects and aesthetic claims. Tunisia endures a mismanagement of the issues of religion in public institutions, and a large section of the population is not acquainted with religious otherness. My research aims at understanding the reasons for concealing religious otherness and plurality from public view in social, political, cultural, and museum arenas.

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