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Shi'ism and the 'Ashura Ritual in Lebanon
by Augustus R Norton
Binding: Hardcover, 280 pages
Publisher: Saqi Books
Weight: 0 pound
ISBN 10: 0863569382
ISBN 13: 9780863569388
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This book is a richly descriptive and illustrated account of the annual two day Shi'ite ritual of 'Ashura the major commemoration of the suffering and martyrdom of Imam Husain. Norton describes the phenomena surrounding the event, the atmosphere, the crowds and chaos, and the drama of the Karbala theater. Examples from Iran, India, and Trinidad are introduced, along with comparative perspectives on Christian passion plays.

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