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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 Shrine in Cairo under the Sunni Ayyubids and Mamluks

The Shrine in Cairo under the Sunni Ayyubids and Mamluks

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(p.87) 10 The Shrine in Cairo under the Sunni Ayyubids and Mamluks
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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/9781474460965.003.0011

The re-Sunnification of Cairo, initiated by Saladin after the overthrow of the Fatimids in 1171, did not impede the veneration of the Husayni shrine and mosque. It ceased to constitute a source of political legitimation, but remained a popular pilgrimage site (as depicted by Ibn Jubayr). Under the Ayyubids and Mamluks it was frequented by Sufis, and by a circle of students of Islamic law. Some jurists, prominent among them Ibn Taymiyya, denied the authenticity of the relic and criticized the cult in its shrine.

Keywords:   Saladin, Sunnification, Ibn Jubayr, Masjid al-Husayn, Sufis, Ibn Taymiyya

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