Sacred Place and Sacred Time in the Medieval Islamic Middle East: An Historical Perspective

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Focusing on the construction of sanctity and its manifestations in individual devotions, formal ceremonies and communal rites, this book offers a fresh perspective on religious culture in the medieval Middle East. It investigates Islamic thinking about and practice in sacred places and times through the detailed research of two contested case-studies: the shrine(s) in honour of the head of al-Ḥusayn b. ʿAli, and the (arguably) holy month of Rajab. The narrative spans the formative period of Islam until the late Mamluk period, attuned to changing political contexts and sectarian affiliations, and to the input of the social sciences and the study of religion. The juxtaposition of sacred place and time reveals that the two expanses were regarded as complementary venues for similar religious devotions, and imagined by a common vocabulary.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages279
ISBN (Electronic)1474460968, 1474460992, 1474480772, 9781474460965
ISBN (Print)9781474460996, 1474460992, 9781474460965
StatePublished - 19 May 2020

Publication series

NameEdinburgh Studies in Classical Islamic History and Culture


  • Middle East
  • Islam
  • Shrines
  • HISTORY / Middle East / General
  • Religion


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