Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Sacred Place and Sacred Time in the Medieval Islamic Middle EastAn Historical Perspective$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM EDINBURGH SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.edinburgh.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Edinburgh University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in ESO for personal use.date: 26 June 2022

Rajab in Pre-Islamic Arabia and in Early Islam

Rajab in Pre-Islamic Arabia and in Early Islam

(p.134) 15 Rajab in Pre-Islamic Arabia and in Early Islam
Sacred Place and Sacred Time in the Medieval Islamic Middle East

Daniella Talmon-Heller

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter presents Rajab as one of the three holy months of pre-Islamic Arabia. The taboo on manslaughter during Rajab allowed safe travel, fairs, and the performance of the pilgrimage known as ʿumra. Rajab's sanctity survived the transition from Jahiliyya to Islam, but remained contested for centuries. Muslims commemorated it by fasting, ritual slaughter, supplications, iʿtikāf in mosques, and special sermons. Devotional works, written by Shiʿis and Sunnis from the ninth-century onwards, promise the remittance of sins and other great rewards, for rites performed in Rajab.

Keywords:   Jahiliyya, sacred months, Rajab, ʿumra, ritual slaughter, fasting, supplication, iʿtikāf, sermons, rewards for devotions

Edinburgh Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.