Relationships to the desert of the monotheist religions.
Les relations au désert des religions monothéistes
Unpublished article, refused by Archives de Sciences Sociales des Religions in 1994
(This is a modified version of my secondary DEA’s thesis, which has the same title, under the supervision of Pr. Philippe Laburthe-Tolra, University Paris 5 Sorbonne.)
That said, I do not really claim these pages anymore: I did write them, but if I had to read them again, it is likely I won’t always be agree with myself.
This paper offers to explore different crossroads between the desert and the monotheist religions. The founder texts of these religions (Bible, Gospels, Koran) provide us a choice material, but trying to discern the behaviour of the human facing the desert will give us also a way to size which place this mineral environment takes in religious content.
The consideration could get us further: does the existence of the monotheist religions have to deal with the frequenting of desert environment? Whatever could be hypothesis, traces of sand are manifest in the history of these religions, with real return to the physical desert or symbolic uses for mystical ends.
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