Focusing primarily on the eastern Mediterranean, it explores travel in the religious lives of ancient Mesopotamians, Judeans, Greeks, Romans, Nabateans, and Christians. Its chronological, geographic and methodological range is impressive and the chapters only grow stronger when seen in dialogue with one another…. Altogether…the essays succeed admirably at charting new directions and exploring new terrain. Pilgrimage, proselytising, and religious study have been major factors for human mobility throughout history, and were both cause and consequence of the intense trans-regional connectivity characterising the “Global Middle Ages”. Involving people of different genders and social backgrounds, religious travel is a feature common to each of the world’s major religious traditions. In Central Java, there are a number of pilgrimage sites that are visited by pilgrims of both sexes either to communicate with each other sexually or – as far as men are concerned – to have sexual contacts with prostitutes.
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