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The Islamic Call to Prayer and Its Origin: A Story about Cultural Memory’s Permanence and Adaptability

Faculty of Humanities, Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, 72074 Tübingen, Germany
Academic Editor: Terry Lovat
Religions 2021, 12(10), 817; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12100817
Received: 30 July 2021 / Revised: 17 September 2021 / Accepted: 22 September 2021 / Published: 28 September 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Islamic Origins)
For more than two centuries, Muslims have been retelling different stories about the origin of their call to prayer. While the converging details of these narratives offer a glimpse of Muslim cultural memory and its preservation, the diverging elements reflect different mechanisms that facilitate the adaption of this cultural memory to new contexts and concerns. Based on the work of Jan Assmann, the present study explores how Muslims conserved and adapted their cultural memory to keep their common identity and expand their diversity following distinctive religious, political, or personal forms of belongings. The narratives concerned with the origin of the Islamic call to prayer and preserved in various written text collections offer a fertile ground to analyze how this part of Muslim cultural memory became the vehicle of a permanent but adaptable Muslim identity. View Full-Text
Keywords: Islamic history; cultural memory Islamic history; cultural memory
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Bednarkiewicz, M. The Islamic Call to Prayer and Its Origin: A Story about Cultural Memory’s Permanence and Adaptability. Religions 2021, 12, 817. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12100817

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Bednarkiewicz M. The Islamic Call to Prayer and Its Origin: A Story about Cultural Memory’s Permanence and Adaptability. Religions. 2021; 12(10):817. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12100817

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Bednarkiewicz, Maroussia. 2021. "The Islamic Call to Prayer and Its Origin: A Story about Cultural Memory’s Permanence and Adaptability" Religions 12, no. 10: 817. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12100817

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