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Myth, ritual, and the early development of Shiite identity
Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Religious Studies. (Minoritet, identitet, autenticitet)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9963-8124
2018 (English)In: Intellectual History of the Islamicate World, ISSN 2212-9421, Vol. 6, no 3Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The developing myth about the events at Karbala, as well as the image of al-Ḥusayn b. ʿAlī and the cult connected with him, were important factors in the shaping of early Shiite identity. In this article, I argue that some of the earliest traces of this process are found in the account of the Tawwābūn, or Penitents, events which took place in the years immediately following the death of al-Ḥusayn at Karbala in 60 AH/680 CE. Important elements of this story originate at least as early as the late first century AH/early eighth century CE. In the story we see the image of al-Ḥusayn in process of transformation from that of someone merely human to someone ascribed traits that transcend the human. In the same process, the story of his death at Karbala is in process of being elevated from a tragic story to a myth with its associated rituals.

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Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2018. Vol. 6, no 3
Keywords [en]
Shiism, Tawwābūn, Ḥusayn b. ʿAlī, Karbala, myth, ritual
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History of Religions Religious Studies
Research subject
Intercultural Studies, Hämnd eller martyrium! Berättelsen om Botgörarna som en länk till Shi`ismens tidiga utveckling.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-24698DOI: 10.1163/2212943X-00603004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-24698DiVA, id: diva2:1087817
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Hämnd eller martyrium! Berättelsen om Botgörarna som en länk till Shi`ismens tidiga utveckling.
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Swedish Research Council, 421–2011–1806
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