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Mecca and Eden Ritual, Relics, and Territory in Islam

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ISBN-10: 0226888045

ISBN-13: 9780226888040

Edition: 2006

Authors: Brannon M. Wheeler

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Nineteenth-century philologist and Biblical critic William Robertson Smith famously concluded that the sacred status of holy places derives not from their intrinsic nature but from their social character. Building upon this insight, Mecca and Eden uses Islamic exegetical and legal texts to analyze the rituals and objects associated with the sanctuary at Mecca.nbsp; Integrating Islamic examples into the comparative study of religion, Brannon Wheeler shows how the treatment of rituals, relics, and territory is related to the more general mythological depiction of the origins of Islamic civilization. Along the way, Wheeler considers the contrast between Mecca and Eden in Muslim rituals, the…    
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 7/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Notes on Conventions
Ritual and Social Order
Ritual, Relics, and the Meccan Sanctuary
Chapter Outline
Treasure of the Ka'bah
Temple Implements and Treasure of the Ka'bah
Swords and the Origins of Islam
Conclusions: Swords and the Origins of Civilization
Utopia and Civilization in Islamic Rituals
Touching the Penis
Adam and Eve's Genitals
Conclusions: Taboo and Contagion
Relics of the Prophet Muhammad
Relics of the Prophet Muhammad
Relics and Civilization
Conclusions: Relics and Portable Territory
Tombs of Giant Prophets
Long Tombs
Conclusions: Technology and Human Size
Conclusion: The Pure, the Sacred, and Civilization
Status and Power
Symbol and Agency
General Conclusions
Works Cited