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8. Place-Making in the Jordanian Madaba Plains: The Contested Space of Tall Ḥesbān and Its Village Surroundings

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1. Title Title of document 8. Place-Making in the Jordanian Madaba Plains: The Contested Space of Tall Ḥesbān and Its Village Surroundings - Levantine Entanglements
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Frode Jacobsen; Bergen University College; Norway
3. Subject Discipline(s) Archaeology; Religious Studies; Anthropology
4. Subject Keyword(s) Levant; Eastern Mediterranean; Orientalist; cultural production; Iron Age; Hebrew scripture; Hisban; Jordan; social memory; caravan trade; Palmra; Roman Near East; Syria; Israel; Judah; Persian Empire; Judaism; Constantinople; Holy Land; Middle Ages
5. Subject Subject classification Middle Eastern Archaeology; Biblical Studies
6. Description Abstract The chapter is a cultural anthropological exploration of the social memories and perceptions of the Tall Hisban summit among the present-day residents of the village of Hisban. By focusing on place-making processes aimed at the highest topographical point of the village, Jacobsen is able to map out how different dynamics contribute to the cultural production of various perceptions of this particular place: political, biographical, but also legendary and even historical dimensions. In the perceptions of local residents interviewed in this study, the village of Ḥisbān has for thousands of years been at the center of trends and forces of a scale far bigger than the village; forces and trends which one may label global forces. Still, the local realities of their lives and their village here and now loom larger than the attention toward past and present entanglement with, for example, other states and regimes, international NGOs, and even archaeologists. At best, aspects of their past and present entanglement are acknowledged as they become relevant for conceiving and speaking about present-day conditions of daily life. Place-making in Ḥesbān is thus a continuous and very local process imbuing the landscape of the tall, the village, and its surroundings with meaning, setting sacred places, artifacts, and events apart from the more mundane reality. At the same time, such local meaning-making and place-making processes employ and adapt motifs and sentiments that have been generated in trans-local settings.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Sep-2020
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.38445
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Levantine Entanglements
16. Language English=en en
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) Middle East
19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd