Shared Sacred Sites

Shared Sacred Sites


Since 2014 I have been a member of the Shared Sacred Sites research team. The Shared Sacred Sites project, coordinated by Karen Barkey (UC Berkeley) and funded by the Henry Luce Foundation examined historic and contemporary sites (churches, mosques, monuments) that have been used by different faith communities. In 2015 and 2016 our research team (with project co-directors Karen Barkey and Manoël Pénicaud) conducted ethnographic fieldwork in some of these sites in Greece and Turkey.

Shared Sacred Sites Project“Shared Sacred Sites is a collaborative project that seeks to develop a rubric for the description, classification, analysis, and publication of work relating to spaces and locations used by multiple, disparate communities for religious purposes. The project is composed of several sub-projects that individually address different and particular difficulties in the study of shared sacred sites and that combine to form an important, updated, and modern survey of the unique features, mechanisms, and adaptations of coexistence found in the communities involved with shared sacred sites.”


Shared Sacred Sites ProjectProject info

Project coordinators:

  • Karen Barkey, Co-Director, Haas Distinguished Chair of Religious Diversity at the Othering & Belonging Institute and Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley.
  • Manoël Pénicaud, Co-Director, Research Fellow, French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)


  • Henry Luce Foundation