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The Pure and Powerful: Studies in Contemporary Muslim Society

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The major part of this book is devoted to the study of the social life at the shrine of al-Sayyida Zaynab in Cairo. As granddaughter of the Prophet Muhammed, al-Sayyida Zaynab is regarded by many as the patron saint of women. Their belief in her purity, and hence her powers, is part of the fabric of their thought.

The other studies in the book include analyses of the practices of the common person in the performance of certain rituals, such as the rain rituals in Tunisia. These are studied as rites of spiritual passage, showing that the rituals performed by children, the men's rain prayers, and the women's rituals form an integral whole. Another study examines the rituals performed during the month of Ramadan in Cairo.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780863722691
Subtitle:
Studies in Contemporary Muslin Society
Author:
Abu-Zahra, Nadia
Publisher:
Ithaca Press
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
Islam
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Islam - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
April 2000
Binding:
Trade Paper
Language:
English
Pages:
340
Dimensions:
9.25x6.08x1.02 in. 1.60 lbs.

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