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Sacred Place and Sacred Time in the Medieval Islamic Middle EastAn Historical Perspective$
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Daniella Talmon-Heller

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474460965

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474460965.001.0001

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The Commemoration of al-Husayn in Fatimid Ascalon

The Commemoration of al-Husayn in Fatimid Ascalon

(p.42) 4 The Commemoration of al-Husayn in Fatimid Ascalon
Sacred Place and Sacred Time in the Medieval Islamic Middle East

Daniella Talmon-Heller

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter focuses on the alleged unearthing of the head of al-Husayn by the Fatimid vizier Badr al-Din al-Jamali in Ascalon, as recorded in a epigraph of 484/1091, inscribed on a wooden minbar. Positioning this episode in the career of al-Jamali, and in the geo-political circumstances of Egypt and Syria under the imam-caliph al-Mustansir, and in light of the attitude of Muslims towards Ahl al-Bayt, it concludes by suggesting that the shrine established for the relic was intended as an 'ecumenical' Islamic sacred space.

Keywords:   Fatimids, Badr al-Din al-Jamali, Imam-caliph al-Mustansir bi-Allah, Ascalon, minbar, mashhad, Ahl al-Bayt

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