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The Mourning of History and the History of Mourning: The Evolution of Ritual Commemoration of the Battle of Karbala

The Mourning of History and the History of Mourning: The Evolution of Ritual Commemoration of the... A N D hi‘i mmemorations exemplify a peculiar phenomenon among world religions: in Shi‘i Islam, one of the mo important annual religious holidays is not a joyful celebration but a day of intense sorrow. During the holie days of the yr for a Shi‘i Muslim, mourning rituals are used to mmemorate the murder of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson and his mpanions. Subantial resrch on these holy days h been published, but mo of it focuses mainly on later delopments in the evolution of the rituals,1 their central role in Shi‘i mmunal identity,2 and the expressions of them in various mmunit in South ia.3 In the following article I examine the evolution of these mourning rituals delopmentally, focusing primarily on the rlie periods in Islamic hiory and on the central Islamic lands in the vicinity of what is modern Iraq. I use clsical Islamic literary sources to trace the hiorical origins of these mourning rituals, disr why they became so integral to the Shi‘i mmunity’s belief syem at such an rly age, and underand how these rly delopments set the age for later transformations.4 Majales: Northwe Pakiani Mourning Rituals Sites of nttion or Religious Politics, Ethnicity, and Gender,” Signs: http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East Duke University Press

The Mourning of History and the History of Mourning: The Evolution of Ritual Commemoration of the Battle of Karbala

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Duke University Press
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Copyright 2005 by Duke University Press
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1089-201X
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1548-226X
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10.1215/1089201X-25-1-78
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Abstract

A N D hi‘i mmemorations exemplify a peculiar phenomenon among world religions: in Shi‘i Islam, one of the mo important annual religious holidays is not a joyful celebration but a day of intense sorrow. During the holie days of the yr for a Shi‘i Muslim, mourning rituals are used to mmemorate the murder of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson and his mpanions. Subantial resrch on these holy days h been published, but mo of it focuses mainly on later delopments in the evolution of the rituals,1 their central role in Shi‘i mmunal identity,2 and the expressions of them in various mmunit in South ia.3 In the following article I examine the evolution of these mourning rituals delopmentally, focusing primarily on the rlie periods in Islamic hiory and on the central Islamic lands in the vicinity of what is modern Iraq. I use clsical Islamic literary sources to trace the hiorical origins of these mourning rituals, disr why they became so integral to the Shi‘i mmunity’s belief syem at such an rly age, and underand how these rly delopments set the age for later transformations.4 Majales: Northwe Pakiani Mourning Rituals Sites of nttion or Religious Politics, Ethnicity, and Gender,” Signs:

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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle EastDuke University Press

Published: Jan 1, 2005

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