“‘Their Food’ Means Their Meat”

David M. Freidenreich

in Foreigners and Their Food

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780520253216
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950276 | DOI:
“‘Their Food’ Means Their Meat”

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This chapter focuses on Sunni discourse about the food of foreigners. It begins by examining the general status within Sunni law of meat prepared by non-Muslims and then explores two subjects to which Sunni jurists devote particular attention: the definition of slaughter-related acts forbidden to Magians and the status of problematic Scripturists. The issues that preoccupy Sunni jurists who address these subjects relate not to the borders of the Islamic community but rather to the boundaries surrounding the larger group of those who received divine revelations.

Keywords: Sunnis; foreign food; Sunni law; meat; Magians; Scripturists; Sunni jurists

Chapter.  6333 words. 

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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