Most religions transition thr… Mormons, Israel, - bearing on embedded Scriptures and documents and 'group memoray') need to be. [3][4] These works have focused on both material aspects of spaces (such as architectural distinctiveness) and socially constructed spaces (such as rituals and demarcation of sacred spaces) to present religious meaning and significance. While religious communities develop within geographies and landscapes, diaspora communities from different religions have been shown to commonly form as minorities who live near or next to each other in most countries the diaspora migrates to. The Relationship Between Geography and Religion. The way they structured their religion shows that the Egyptians viewed the Nile as the center of their world, the bringer of all life. It can be clearly sensed by the influence of religion shaping our world, being understood by what inhabits it. Particularly in multicultural settings, the contestation for legitimacy, public approval, and negotiations for use of particular spaces are at the heart of determining how communities understand, internalise and struggle to compete for the right to practice their religious traditions in public spaces. Aldershot, England ; Burlington, VT, Ashgate. Re-materialising cultural geography. [1] For more on how geography affects religion, see:   Kong, L. (1990) Geography and religion: trends and prospects. Religion is also studied within cultural geography, which studies how cultural processes spread. [Online] 38 (2), 201–220. [2] For more on religious development and geography, see:  Tse, J.K.H. Thus, geographers are less concerned about religion per se, but are more sensitive to how religion as a cultural feature affects social, cultural, political and environmental systems. Geographers study religions and their development based on the role that geography intersects with other important social components within a human geographic approach. The point of focus is not the specifics of religious beliefs and practices, but how these religious beliefs and practices are internalised by adherents, and how these processes of internalization influence, and is influenced by, social systems. [2], Religion may be a starting point to examine issues of ethnic identity formation and the construction of ethnic identity[5] Geographers studying the negotiations of religious identity within various communities are often concerned with the overt articulation of religious identity, for example, how adherents in different locations establish their distinctive (religious and cultural) identities through their own understandings of the religion, and how they externally present their religious adherence (in terms of religious practice, ritual and behaviour). Progress in Human Geography. These religiously significant spaces go beyond officially religious/spiritual spaces (such as places of worship) to include non-official religious spaces such as homes, schools and even bodies. Traditional cultural geographical approaches to the study of religion mainly seek to determine religion’s impact on the landscape. Traditionally, the relationship between geography and religion can clearly be seen by the influences of religion in shaping cosmological understandings of the world. Religions have been seen as developing due to environmental, landscape, and community relations and networks. Religion is the most recent major component of culture to develop. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. Geographers study religions and their development based on the role that geography intersects with other important social components within a human geographic approach. [10], Another new area of interest in the study of geography and religion explores different sites of religious practice beyond the ‘officially sacred’ – sites such as religious schools, media spaces, banking and financial practices (for example, Islamic banking) and home spaces are just some of the different avenues that take into account informal, everyday spaces that intersect with religious practice and meaning.