An American evangelical pilgrimage to Israel: A case study on politics and triangulation

Yaniva Belhassen, Carla Almeida Santos

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This article examines the political dimensions of American evangelical pilgrimages to Israel by using the methodological technique known as data triangulation. Based on evidence from primary and secondary data, the article illuminates (1) how tourism is used by pilgrims to promote their theological visions that have some political ramifications to the host country and (2) how the political circumstances in the state of Israel engender a noteworthy relationship between an extreme right party from Israel and the pilgrims. The findings regarding the political dimensions are organized around four functions achieved by using data triangulation. In so doing, this article attempts to provide new theoretical insights regarding the philosophical premises and the purposes traditionally related to the use of data triangulation in tourism research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)431-441
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Travel Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2006


  • Data triangulation
  • Pilgrimages
  • Politics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Transportation
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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