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'Raise your voices and kill your animals' : Islamic discourses on the Idd el-Hajj and Sacrifices in Tanga (Tanzania) ; authoritative texts, ritual practices and social identities


Bruinhorst, Gerard C. van de

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Abstract This research analyses how groups of people in Tanga discursively construct Islam by animal slaughter. Central to the project are the sometimes conflicting tendencies of grounding ritual practice in authoritative texts and constructing ethnic, social, and religious identity through ritual practices. The discourse on and the practice of daily animal slaughter at the abattoir, sacrifice as part of the annual hajj, the slaughter of sheep after the birth or death of a child, and the Swahili New Year sacrifice all reproduce assumptions of what Islam and Islamic behaviour should be.
Keywords Tanzania; Islam; ritual; identity; religiousness; Africa
Classification Sociology of Religion
Free Keywords Anthropology
Document language English
Publication Year 2007
Publisher Amsterdam Univ. Press
City Amsterdam
Page/Pages 582 p.
Series ISIM Dissertations
ISBN 978-90-5356-946-7
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works