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The Birth of The Prophet Muhammad

Devotional Piety in Sunni Islam, 1st Edition

By Marion Holmes Katz


276 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

1. The Emergence of Mawlid Narratives 2. Gifts and Reciprocity in the Celebration of the Mawlid 3. Emotion, Law and the Celebration of the Mawlid 4. Time and Merit in the Celebration of the Mawlid 5. Mawlids Under Attack

About the Author

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.

About the Series

Culture and Civilization in the Middle East

This series studies the Middle East through the twin foci of its diverse cultures and civilizations. Comprising original monographs as well as scholarly surveys, it covers topics in the fields of Middle Eastern literature, archaeology, law, history, philosophy, science, folklore, art, architecture and language. While there is a plurality of views, the series presents serious scholarship in a lucid and stimulating fashion.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / Devotional
RELIGION / Islam / History
RELIGION / Islam / Sunni
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies