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Title:Sacred performances: islam, sexuality, and sacrifice
Author:Combs-Schilling, M.E.ISNI
City of publisher:New York
Publisher:Colombia University Press
ISBN:023106974X; 0231069758
Geographic term:Morocco
Subjects:sacrificial rites
About person:Ahmad al- Mans¯ur sultan van Marokko (1549-1603)ISNI
Abstract:This book illuminates the remarkable survival of one of the world's oldest monarchies, still ruling after 1200 years: the monarchy of Morocco. The core of the argument is that during a great historical crisis of the 1500s, Moroccans used ritual to reformulate the foundations of their central political institution. Three rituals were crucial to the reconstruction: the Prophet's Birthday, the popular celebrations of first marriage, and the Great Sacrifice. Innovations in the Prophet's Birthday made the monarch the definition of the nation. Innovations in popular marriage practices made the ruler the definition of the man and the link to successful reproduction. And innovations in the Great Sacrifice made the ruler the collective hope for transcendence. Field work, including interviews, was carried out in 1976-1978 and 1985-1988.