An Attempt To Trace the Origin of the Rituals of Āshurā¸

In: Die Welt des Islams
Author: Yitzhak Nakash
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AN ATTEMPT TO TRACE THE ORIGIN OF THE RITUALS OF �� SHUR � ¸ BY YITZHAK NAKASH Princeton I. Perhaps no other single event in Islamic history has played so central a role in shaping Shici identity and communal sense as the martyrdom of Husayn and his companions at Karbala. Although prior to Husayn's death Muslims were already divided into two main sections in support of either 'Ali's family or Mu'-awiya, a Shici community distinguished by its own rituals and collective memory did not yet exist. By contrast, the traditions and hagiography that elaborated on the episodes connected with the

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