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The Sorrowful Muslim's Guide$
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Hussein Ahmad Amin

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474437073

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474437073.001.0001

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Reflections on the Status of the Awliyā

Reflections on the Status of the Awliyā

(p.125) 6 Reflections on the Status of the Awliyā
The Sorrowful Muslim's Guide

Hussein Ahmad Amin

, Yasmin Amin, Nesrin Amin
Edinburgh University Press

Following on from the previous chapter, this chapter addresses the status of awliya’, or saints and holy men, and other icons venerated by the general populace for different reasons. The chapter discusses the need for a tangible, rather than an abstract, form of spirituality and takes a critical stance towards the over-veneration of such icons almost to the point of sanctification, tying it to remnants of pagan religions as well as historical customs and traditions kept alive by the general populace.

Keywords:   Holy men, Awliya’, Saints, Pagan religions, Customs & Traditions

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