Introduction to Halal Hospitality and Islamic Tourism

Authored by: C. Michael Hall , Nor Hidayatun Abdul Razak , Girish Prayag

The Routledge Handbook of Halal Hospitality and Islamic Tourism

Print publication date:  June  2019
Online publication date:  May  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138557055
eBook ISBN: 9781315150604
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This chapter introduces the reader to some of the issues surrounding religion, hospitality and the host–guest relationship in both a general religion and tourism context and specifically with respect to Islam. A major theme that is highlighted is the apparent tension between religious and commercial needs, including interpretation as to what hospitality actually means. This represents a major issue for formal halal service offerings given that the commercial imperative behind halal may not fully meet the sacred duty of providing hospitality for guests. The chapter also provides a brief introduction to the growing significance of Islamic tourism and hospitality and the definitional issues involved in the development, management and marketing of the area.

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