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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: Ibn Taymiyya on the Veneration of the Head of al-Husayn

Excursus: Ibn Taymiyya on the Veneration of the Head of al-Husayn

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(p.112) 13 Excursus: Ibn Taymiyya on the Veneration of the Head of al-Husayn
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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/9781474460965.003.0014

Ibn Taymiyya, a well known critic of saint and tomb veneration, devoted several fatwas and polemical treatises to disparage the cult of the head of al-Husayn and the sacredness of his shrines in Ascalon and Cairo. He argues that the erection of shrines and the rites of ziyara originate in Shiʿi and Christian polytheistic ways, that the cult is a bidʿa, and that the relic is not authentic.

Keywords:   Ibn Taymiyya, ziyara, polemics, fatwas, shrines, veneration of tombs, polytheism, bidaʿ

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