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Ashura in Italy: The Reshaping of Shi’a Rituals

Department of Cultures, Politics and Society, The University of Turin, Lungo Dora Siena, 100, 10153 Torino TO, Italy
Religions 2019, 10(3), 200;
Received: 17 January 2019 / Revised: 8 March 2019 / Accepted: 13 March 2019 / Published: 15 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Islam in Europe, European Islam)
This essay explores the impacts of Italy’s socio-religious tendencies on the Shi’a rituals of Muḥarram and Ṣafar. Ethnography and semi-structured interviews were the main methods adopted for the performance of this research. The implications of commemorating the Karbala tragedy in Italy were studied from four viewpoints. This article demonstrates that the presence of Shi’as in Italy not only exerts an effect on the core meaning of these rituals, namely paying tribute to Ḥusayn’s courageous stand against injustice, but also on the structure of Shi’a communities in terms of gender relations and power hierarchy. View Full-Text
Keywords: Ashura; Italy; Shi’ism; adaptation; change Ashura; Italy; Shi’ism; adaptation; change
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Mirshahvalad, M. Ashura in Italy: The Reshaping of Shi’a Rituals. Religions 2019, 10, 200.

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