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The Temptation of Graves in Salafi IslamIconoclasm, Destruction and Idolatry$
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Ondrej Beránek and Pavel Tupek

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474417570

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474417570.001.0001

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Graves and Shrines in Medieval Islam: From Pre-Islamic Times to Ibn Taymiyya’s Legacy

Graves and Shrines in Medieval Islam: From Pre-Islamic Times to Ibn Taymiyya’s Legacy

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(p.18) 1 Graves and Shrines in Medieval Islam: From Pre-Islamic Times to Ibn Taymiyya’s Legacy
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The Temptation of Graves in Salafi Islam
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Ondřej Beránek

Pavel Ťupek

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474417570.003.0002

This chapter provides an overview of the broader context within which debates regarding graves, funeral architecture and ziyāra have taken place. The early Islamic interdictions against certain funerary structures and grave-related rites did not arise in a vacuum. Therefore, the chapter contextualises these debates and the gap that began to emerge between the traditionalists’ (Ahl al-hadith) vision of ideal Islam and the reality of popular Islam. The chapter also offers a detailed focus on the teachings of Ibn Taymiyya, as it was his narrative of Islamic history and the ideal Islamic community that inspired later Sunni reformists, among them the Salafis, who sought to defend Islamic identity against the incursion of foreign influences and impurities, be they elements of Christianity, Judaism, syncretism or modernity.

Keywords:   Medieval Islam, funeral architecture, iconoclasm, Ibn Taymiyya

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