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These anthropological studies focus on the performance of Islamic rituals, examining the beliefs and practices of the common Muslim. The book concentrates on the social life at the shrine of al-Sayyida Zaynab in Cairo. As granddaughter of the Prophet Muhammed, al-Sayyida Zaynab is regarded by many as the patron saint of women. The book also includes studies on rain rituals in Tunisia, and the rituals performed during the month of Ramadan in Cairo. Throughout the work, the author seeks to break down the assumptions and stereotypes implicit in other studies on Muslim societies and provide us with a more accurate picture of how the Islamic tradition is developed and integrated within these societies.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780863722691
ISBN-10: 0863722695
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 155mm x 26mm)
Pages: 340
Imprint: Ithaca Press
Publisher: Garnet Publishing Ltd
Publish Date: 21-Sep-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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