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Spiritual travel and political power networks

Religious pilgrimage in and outside Iran can never be disconnected from the political. 

 

Pilgrimages are an important feature of many religions. It is a symbolic act that is also a journey to some holy place – a shrine, a shrine or perhaps a religious authority. The journey is an expression of religious devotion, and is meant to strengthen the religious identity. The ritual is symbolic, but also has economic and political consequences in all religious contexts. According to the World Tourism Organization, 38 percent of all tourists are religious – and six hundred million religious trips are made annually. Pilgrimages and other religious tourism are one of the five most important types of tourism in the world, and today play a prominent role in development and culture. . .

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