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Sacred Place and Sacred Time in the Medieval Islamic Middle East: An Historical Perspective

Daniella Talmon-Heller


Focusing on the construction of sanctity and its manifestations in individual devotions, formal ceremonies and communal rites, this book offers a fresh perspective on religious culture in the medieval Middle East. It investigates Islamic thinking about and practice in sacred places and times through the detailed research of two contested case-studies: the shrine(s) in honour of the head of al-Ḥusayn b. ʿAli, and the (arguably) holy month of Rajab. The narrative spans the formative period of Islam until the late Mamluk period, attuned to changing political contexts and sectarian affiliations, a ... More

Keywords: Medieval Islam, shrines, rituals, liturgical calendar, piety, Fatimids, Mamluks, Shiʿa Islam, Al-Husayn b. `Ali, Rajab (month)

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781474460965
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474460965.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniella Talmon-Heller, author
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev