Pilgrimage in Islam: Traditional and Modern Practices (The Foundations of Islam)

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A comprehensive study of the traditions, rituals and practices associated with the religious journeys Muslims undertake over the course of their lives.

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About The Book

It is not only the holy cities of Mecca and Karbala to which Muslim pilgrims travel, but a wide variety of sacred sites around the world. Journeys are undertaken to visit graves of important historical and religious individuals, the tombs of saints, and natural sites such as mountaintops and springs.

Exploring the richness and diversity of traditions practiced by the 1.5 billion Muslims across the world, Sophia Rose Arjana provides a rigorous theoretical discussion of pilgrimage, ritual practice and the nature of sacred space in Islam, both historically and in the present day. This all-encompassing survey covers issues such as time, space, tourism, virtual pilgrimages and the use of computers and smartphone apps. Lucidly written, informative and accessible, it is perfectly suited to students, scholars and the general reader seeking a comprehensive picture of the defining ritual of religious pilgrimage in Islam.


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Foreword by Omid Safi
Introduction: Beyond Hajj

1. Reconsidering Islamic Pilgrimage: Theoretical and Sectarian Debates
2. Nascent Pilgrimage Centers: Jerusalem, Mecca, and Medina
3. Shi‘i Pilgrimage: The Prophet's Household
4. Sufi and Shared Pilgrimages: Contestations of Identity
5. Modern Muslim Pilgrims: Tourism, Space, and Technology

Afterword: Presuppositions and Possibilities in the Study of Islamic Pilgrimage

About The Author

Sophia Rose Arjana is Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Western Kentucky University. Her first book, Muslims in the Western Imagination, was a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title of 2015.

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EAN 13 / ISBN9781786071163
AuthorSophia Rose Arjana
ForewordOmid Safi
PublisherOneworld Academic
Year Published2017
Height8.8 Inches
Width5.8 Inches
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