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Educating the Senses: Reciting the Qurʾan

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Prominent among all the devotional activities are the recitations of the Qurʾan, for which the women meet every morning throughout Ramadan in a ceremony called khatm-e Qurʾan. One of the women in Mrs Omid's circle had sponsored these meetings in her house for the entire month for twenty years. A set of elaborate codes prescribe and regulate the ways in which Qurʾanic recitations should be performed. However, apart from the requirement of an inward expression of intent preceding the recitation, so that it did not become an empty gesture or show, Mrs Omid did not adopt an intellectual approach to the recitations in the rituals she led. Judging by the women's emotive responses to the more melodious forms of intoned recitations, sound was the most salient sensory experience.

Keywords: khatm-e Qurʾan ceremony; Omid's circle; Qurʾanic recitations; Ramadan



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