Synopses & Reviews
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.