The ethnobotany of Christ's Thorn Jujube (Ziziphus spina-christi) in Israel

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Abstract

This article surveys the ethnobotany of Ziziphus spina-christi (L.) Desf. in the Middle East from various aspects: historical, religious, philological, literary, linguistic, as well as pharmacological, among Muslims, Jews, and Christians. It is suggested that this is the only tree species considered "holy" by Muslims (all the individuals of the species are sanctified by religion) in addition to its status as "sacred tree" (particular trees which are venerated due to historical or magical events related to them, regardless of their botanical identity) in the Middle East. It has also a special status as "blessed tree" among the Druze.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8
JournalJournal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine
Volume1
DOIs
StatePublished - 28 Sep 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Cultural Studies
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (all)
  • Complementary and alternative medicine

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