The Pure and Powerful: Studies in Contemporary Muslim Society
These anthropological studies focus on the performance of Islamic rituals, examining the beliefs and practices of the common Muslim. The book concentrates on the social life at the shrine of al-Sayyida Zaynab in Cairo. As granddaughter of the Prophet Muhammad, al-Sayyida Zaynab is regarded by many as the patron saint of women. The book also includes studies on rain rituals in Tunisia, and the rituals performed during the month of Ramadan in Cairo. Throughout the work, the author seeks to break down the assumptions and stereotypes implicit in other studies on Muslim societies and provide us with a more accurate picture of how the Islamic tradition is developed and integrated within these societies.
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