Ritual of <i>Ṣalat al-Jūmʼa</i> in Old Nubia and in Kanuba Today

Hussein M. Fahim

in Nubian Ceremonial Life

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9789774249556
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781617970955 | DOI:
Ritual of Ṣalat al-Jūmʼa in Old Nubia and in Kanuba Today

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This chapter outlines the principal Orthodox ritual as practiced by some Nubians. It describes rituals to changing conditions in the resettled village of Kanuba. Jūm'a (pronounced gūm'a in Kanuba) or Friday prayer is the weekly congregational prayer performed at noon. This chapter is an intensive microstudy of the important ritual of on the Salāt al-Jūm'a among Muslims of a Nubian community as it is related to their daily activities and concerns. It shows that change in the form of salāt al-jūm'a reflects in large part a trend toward conservative Islamization, in accord with orthodox teaching, rather than simply representing a unitary movement towards secularization. These interpretive analyses have some pertinence to understanding change in Nubian culture generally.

Keywords: Orthodox ritual; Kanuba; Jūm'a; Nubian community; Islamization; Nubian culture

Chapter.  9945 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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