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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
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Daniella Talmon-Heller

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474460965.003.0022

Beginning with the pre-Islamic Arabian notion that Rajab was one of three holy months, this chapter summarizes the historical evolution of the individual and public commemorative rites of Rajab. It also highlights the formation of the literary genres that both constituted and reflected this evolution, as well as the polemical works which defined those rites as bidʿ - unwarranted innovations.

Keywords:   Rajab, Pre-Islamic Arabia, Fatimid Cairo, supererogatory rituals, ʿumra, The Night Journey, maḥmal, bidaʿ (unwarranted innovations), public commemoration

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