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Св. Георги в ислямската традиция на Близкия изток
St. George in the Middle Eastern Islamic Tradition

Author(s): Ana Stoykova
Subject(s): Language studies
Published by: Институт за литература - BAN

Summary/Abstract: The cult of St. George is one of the few Christian cults accepted by Muslims who call him Jirjis and honour him as a healer and helper in trouble. In Palestine, the cult of the martyr was shared between the two big religions during their long coexistence. The oldest anonymous Passio of St. George penetrated into Arabic as well as into Turkish medieval literature. Despite its adaptation and undergone modifications, this text has preserved many of its most archaic features known from Byzantine literature, but at the same time presents some specificities common only to the South Slavic manuscript tradition. The article traces back the peculiarities of the development of the cult of St George, the history, and the fate of this archaic hagiographical work in the Islamic world. Some aspects of the cult, which functions in mixed confessional environment, show certain specifics, but also allow for comparisons with the folk tradition of his veneration on the Balkans and Eastern Europe.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 48
  • Page Range: 41-55
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Bulgarian