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Muslim devotional and pious practices

Stilt Talar

in Islamic Law in Action

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199602438
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191729348 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602438.003.0004
Muslim devotional and pious practices

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This chapter examines the actions of the muhtasib in the areas of Muslim devotional and pious practices. In the first case, the muhtasib assigned jurists to the markets of Cairo to teach merchants the basic verses from the Quran that they would need for prayer. In the second case, the muhtasib added language to the end of the call to prayer. In the third case, the muhtasib acted to prevent a preacher from discussing the attributes of God. In the fourth case, in the middle of a plague ravaging Egypt, the muhtasib enforced the sultan’s decision to require residents of Cairo to fast and then participate in a large scale prayer for plague relief.

Keywords: prayer; fasting; plague; call to prayer; muezzin; anthropomorphism

Chapter.  9026 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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