Horse of Karbala Paperback

Muslim Devotional Life in India

by David Pinault;


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Horse of Karbala

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Horse of Karbala is a study of Muharram rituals and interfaith relations in three locations in India: Ladakh, Darjeeling, and Hyderabad. These rituals commemorate an event of vital importance to Shia Muslims: the seventh-century death of the Imam Husain, grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, at the battlefield of Karbala in Iraq. Pinault examines three different forms of ritual commemoration of Husain's death - poetry-recital and self-flagellation in Hyderabad; stick-fighting in Darjeeling; and the 'Horse of Karbala' procession, in which a stallion representing the mount ridden in battle by Husain is made the center of a public parade in Ladakh and other Indian localities. The book looks at how publicly staged rituals serve to mediate communal relations: in Hyderabad and Darjeeling, between Muslim and Hindu populations; in Ladakh, between Muslims and Buddhists. Attention is also given to controversies within Muslim communities over issues related to Muharram such as the belief in intercession by the Karbala Martyrs on behalf of individual believers.

Horse of Karbala by David Pinault was published by Palgrave Macmillan in January 2014. The ISBN for Horse of Karbala is 9781349619825.

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Page last updated 12th August 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan (January 2014)
EditionSoftcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2001
Number of Pages257
Height216 mm
Width140 mm
ISBN9781349619825
ISBN-101349619825
Product Code4453863
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