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The Development of Iraqi Shi'a Mourning Rituals in Modern Iraq: The `Ashurā Rituals and Visitation of Al-Arb`ain

Abstract This study is based on a submission of anthropological, historical, and literary approaches. The ethnographic study of the Shi'a holy shrines between November 2011 and January 2012 is based on my visit to Iraq. The study lasted almost ten weeks, to include the two events under discussion: `Ashurā and Al-Arb`ain, in Karbala of that year. This thesis argues that the mourning rituals of `Ashurā and the Forty Day Visitation Zyarat Al-Arb`ain contribute to the social or individual life of Iraqi Shi'a. They also make significant contributions through creating a symbolic language to communicate for the community, as well as communicating with their essential symbolic structure. Second, the Forty Day Visitation Zyarat Al-A... (more)
Created Date 2012
Contributor Hamdan, Faraj Hattab (Author) / Talebi, Shahla (Advisor) / Ali, Souad T (Advisor) / Gallab, Abdullahi (Committee member) / Gereboff, Joel (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Religion / Islamic culture / Middle Eastern studies / Al- Arbain / Ashura / Iraq / Islam / Rituals / Shiite
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 259 pages
Language English
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Note M.A. Religious Studies 2012
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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