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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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Rajab under Fatimid Rule

Rajab under Fatimid Rule

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(p.154) 17 Rajab under Fatimid Rule
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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/9781474460965.003.0018

This chapter deals with the many rites of Rajab that were developed during the Fatimid period, especially in Cairo. Official ceremonies included caliphal audiences, processions, banquets, the distribution of food, the kindling of lights in mosques, Ismaʿili 'sessions of wisdom' (majālis al-ḥikma), and the sending off of the kiswa to Mecca. An unofficial rite - ṣalāt al-raghāʾib (the prayer for great rewards) on the first Thursday night of the month – was inaugurated in Jerusalem.

Keywords:   Fatimid Cairo, Mecca, Jerusalem, Ismaʿili Shiʿa, banquets, food distribution, processions, majālis al-ḥikma, ʿumra, ṣalāt al-raghāʾib

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