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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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From Ascalon to Cairo: The Duplication of Sacred Space

From Ascalon to Cairo: The Duplication of Sacred Space

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(p.73) 8 From Ascalon to Cairo: The Duplication of Sacred Space
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Sacred Place and Sacred Time in the Medieval Islamic Middle East
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Daniella Talmon-Heller

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474460965.003.0009

Following the conquest of Ascalon by the Crusaders in 1153, al-Husayn's head was transferred to Cairo and interred by the tombs of the Fatimid imam-caliphs. Its shrine became a major sacred venue for the celebration of Shi`i festivals and Fatimid official ceremonies. It is argued that the commemorative rites performed there - such as al-ʿAshura, ʿId Ghadir Khumm - were imbued with particular Shi`i-Isma`ili symbolism and meaning.

Keywords:   Crusaders, Fatimid Cairo, Relics, Fatimid imam-caliphs, Isma`ili Islam, al-ʿAshura, ʿId Ghadir Khumm

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