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The Significance Of Islam For Coping With Loss And Bereavement: Palestinian Children Killed In Israel

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This chapter presents a study that characterizes the significance of the Moslem religion for coping with loss and bereavement, with an in-depth, semi-structured interview study conducted among twelve Palestinian families in Israel after the deaths of their sons, killed during the October 2000 events. Semi-structured in-depth interviews were conducted with each participant. The study comprises two main groups of participants: the parents group and the adult sisters and brothers group. The findings clearly show that the Palestinian families from Israel perceive the death of their sons as a death for the sake of the Islamic religion and for the holy places of Islam in general and for El-Aqsa mosque in particular. The findings also emphasize the importance of religious faith and the fact that the participants used religious patterns as tools and resources to alleviate and assist coping with the difficult emotions that accompany loss.

Keywords: El-Aqsa mosque; Islam; Israel; Palestinian children; religious faith



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