Tourism development and cultural conflict: The case of 'Nazareth 2000'

Kobi Cohen-Hattab*, Noam Shoval

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In areas that are characterized by political, national, cultural and religious conflicts, issues concerning conservation and development become particularly complex. One prominent example of this tension can be seen in events that have taken place over the last decade in the city of Nazareth, which hosts some of Christianity's holiest sites. Until the mid-twentieth century most of the city's residents were Christian. In the past several decades however, Muslims have come to form the majority of the population. Against this backdrop, Nazareth began to prepare for the millennium year, including the formulation of the 'Nazareth 2000' plan for tourism development in the city. Unfortunately, the city's numerous complexities rapidly surfaced, with one of the most prominent examples being the bitter struggle around the city's newly planned main square. This paper examines tourism development for the city in conditions of such cultural conflict.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)701-717
Number of pages17
JournalSocial and Cultural Geography
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2007

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by The Israel Science Foundation (grant no. 832/03). The authors also thank Tamar Sofer for drawing the maps and figures, and the anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments.


  • Cultural conflict
  • Nazareth
  • Tourism development


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