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This front matter section of the book titled Leisure, Pleasure and Healing contains a table of contents, a list of abbreviations, a list of illustrations, the acknowledgements and the preface. The book deals with leisure, pleasure and healing at the thermo-mineral sites in the Levant since the biblical era throughout the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, and early Muslim periods. It looks closely at the question of whether the spas, which are models for social interaction between pagans, Christians and Jews, served as sacred cult places or popular sites of healing.

Keywords: biblical era; early Muslim periods



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