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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: Istighfār (Seeking Divine Forgiveness)

Excursus: Istighfār (Seeking Divine Forgiveness)

(p.179) 18 Excursus: Istighfār (Seeking Divine Forgiveness)
Sacred Place and Sacred Time in the Medieval Islamic Middle East

Daniella Talmon-Heller

Edinburgh University Press

This short excursus elaborates on the central role of istighfār (pleading for forgiveness) in Islamic prayer rites, especially during the sacred months, when God is particularly merciful, and the shafāʿa (intercession) of angels readily available. It is largely based on the work of Constance Padwick.

Keywords:   istighfār (seeking divine forgiveness), mercy, Constance Padwick, shafāʿa (intercession)

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