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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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Excursus: al-Husayn and Saladin in Palestinian Lore

Excursus: al-Husayn and Saladin in Palestinian Lore

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(p.97) 11 Excursus: al-Husayn and Saladin in Palestinian Lore
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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/9781474460965.003.0012

This excursus offers a brief glimpse into annual celebrations (mawāsim) at the sacred site of al-Husayn's head by the ruins of Ascalon, 1875 - 1947. These began with a procession from the nearby town of Majdal, and included, besides a visit to the shrine (which was reconstructed in the late 19th-century) also various festivities in the plain known by the Qurʾanic appellation Wadi al-Naml. The figure of Saladin was prominent in these events, bound with rising Palestinian nationalism.

Keywords:   Maqam al-Husayn, Saladin, Majdal, Ascalon, Wadi al-Naml, mawāsim, Palestinian nationalism

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