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Title:Fasting and feasting in Morocco: an ethnographic study of the month of Ramadan
Author:Buitelaar, Maria WilhelminaISNI
Geographic term:Morocco
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Abstract:In this book the author describes the month of Ramadan in Morocco by addressing two issues: first, what is it that makes fasting a meaningful act for Moroccans, and second, in what ways is the practice of fasting embedded in the Moroccan world view. The book is divided into eight chapters. Chapter 1 deals with the prescriptions for fasting in the Koran and the Traditions, followed by a summary of Malikite interpretations of those prescriptions. The second and third chapters describe the activities that take place before, during, and following Ramadan. The next three chapters contain conceptual analyses of the key notions of Ramadan. In order to answer the question of how specific the significance of these notions is for the fast, chapter seven indicates the extent to which these themes recur during the other religious feasts. In the final chapter the key notions are analysed as themes of liminality. The study concentrates on people who live in the medina of Marrakech, but the author also paid regular visits to Hay Fakhara and Gueliz. She carried out fieldwork during several periods between 1987 and 1990.