The Birth of The Prophet Muhammad: Devotional Piety in Sunni Islam

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Routledge, 07.05.2007 - 288 Seiten

In the medieval period, the birth of the Prophet Muhammad (the mawlid) was celebrated in popular narratives and ceremonies that expressed the religious agendas and aspirations of ordinary Muslims, including women.

This book examines the Mawlid from its origins to the present day and provides a new insight into how an aspect of everyday Islamic piety has been transformed by modernity. The book gives a window into the religious lives of medieval Muslim women, rather than focusing on the limitations that were placed on them and shows how medieval popular Islam was coherent and meaningful, not just a set of deviations from scholarly norms.

Concise in both historical and textual analysis, this book is an important contribution to our understanding of contemporary Muslim devotional practices and will be of great interest to postgraduate students and researchers of Islam, religious studies and medieval studies.

 

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Introduction
1
1 The emergence of mawlid narratives
6
2 Gifts and reciprocity in the celebration of the mawlid
63
3 Emotion law and the celebration of the mawlid
104
4 Time and merit in the celebration of the mawlid
143
5 Mawlids under attack
169
Conclusion
208
Appendix
216
Notes
220
Bibliography
258
Index
271
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Marion Holmes Katz is Associate Professor and the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, New York University, USA. Her research interests are Islamic law, ritual and gender.

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