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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 the Ayyubids and Mamluks

Rajab under the Ayyubids and Mamluks

(p.182) 19 Rajab under the Ayyubids and Mamluks
Sacred Place and Sacred Time in the Medieval Islamic Middle East

Daniella Talmon-Heller

Edinburgh University Press

Official rites of Rajab were not recorded in sources written under the Sunni Ayyubids, but popular devotions such as supererogatory prayer assemblies, voluntary fasting, charitable giving and the ʿumra seem to have been widespread. These rites evoking heated polemics, especially between the scholars of Damascus. Mamluk rulers sponsored public ceremonies such as the celebration of the Night of Ascension on the 27th of Rajab and the newly founded maḥmal procession.

Keywords:   Sunnization, ṣalāt al-raghāʾib, Damascus, supererogatory prayers, al-isrā wa-l-miʿrāj (the Night of Ascension), ʿumra, voluntary fasting, charitable giving, maḥmal procession

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