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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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Sacred Place and Sacred Time in the Medieval Islamic Middle East

Daniella Talmon-Heller

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter re-examines the circumstances of the 'discovery' of the head of al-Husayn in eleventh-century Ascalon, the earlier sanctification of the place, and its lingering reputation as holy after the fall of the Fatimids. It emphasizes the belief in the power of the site, which persisted even after the transfer of its relic. The Cairene shrine, created under the Fatimid to protect the relic of their 'forefather', retained its sanctity and housed an active cult under the rule of the Sunni Ayyubids and Mamluks.

Keywords:   Head of al-Husayn, Fatimids, Crusaders, Ayyubids, Mamluks

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