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Der Islam

Journal of the History and Culture of the Middle East

Ed. by Heidemann, Stefan / Hagen, Gottfried / Kaplony, Andreas / Matthee, Rudi

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Volume 95, Issue 2


La pratique de la ziyāra par procuration dans la Syrie médiévale à partir de trois documents inédits

Jean-Michel Mouton / Janine Sourdel-Thomine
Published Online: 2018-11-09 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/islam-2018-0032


The three documents published here, a letter request and two petitions, relate the practice of secondary pilgrimages (ziyārāt) accomplished in sanctuaries of medieval Syria. They reveal a practice which remained undocumented until now: that of ziyārāt by proxy. Each time it is specified that the invocations pronounced on the spot by various pilgrims had for beneficiary a specifically designated recipient. Unlike the certificates of ḥaǧǧ and ’umra by proxy, guaranteed by deed witnesses, these documents, which express the raise of a local pietist actions, retain an informal aspect suitable for supererogatory practices.

Keywords: ziyārāt; Saladin; Ayyubids; Damascus; Jerusalem; Aleppo; medieval Syria; papyrology

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Published Online: 2018-11-09

Published in Print: 2018-11-08

Citation Information: Der Islam, Volume 95, Issue 2, Pages 507–523, ISSN (Online) 1613-0928, ISSN (Print) 0021-1818, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/islam-2018-0032.

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