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A ceremony on “the night of Qadr”

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During the mourning season, jalaseh are arranged in series of ten days in commemoration of the tragic events on the first ten days of Muharram in AD 680 that led to Imam Husseyn's martyrdom on ʿashura. The religious rules forbid women the right to worship, or to attend a mosque, during menstruation, based on notions of impurity. The dissemination of the religious texts by local preachers, whose talks are shaped by their listeners, thus challenges religious monopoly and serves to decentralize the authority on which the texts are founded. It has often been said that Qurʾanic passages and Hadith contain many apparently contradictory statements that can easily be used both for and against a point. Few women preachers command the same degree of attention as Mrs Omid. A language that commands attention is an 'authorized language', invested with authority and legitimacy by those for whom the speech is performed.

Keywords: authorized language; Imam Husseyn's martyrdom; jalaseh disclosure; Qurʾanic passages; women preachers



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