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Extra resources for A Companion to Muslim Cultures
Saliba, George. Islamic Science and the Making of the European Renaissance. Cambridge, MA, 2007. Sen, Amartya. Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny. New York and London, 2006. Sila-Khan, Dominique. Crossing the Threshold: Understanding Religious Identities in South Asia. London, 2004. 2 Everyday Tradition Earle Waugh From the earliest days of Islam, popular religious practices and the expressions of piety have been a matter of lively debate. After all, Islam was born in Mecca, a pilgrimage centre from pagan times that commanded the allegiance of people throughout the region.
Oxford, 2007. Waugh, Earle H. The Munshidin of Egypt: Their World and their Song. Columbia, SC, 1989. 3 Modernity: Secular and Sacred Abdullahi An-Naim What is the place of faith in modern Muslim societies? Living by the ethical principles and traditions that form the sharia is at the heart of Muslim identity. How does this square with the secular idea of the state, in which diverse identities and cultures co-exist? Is the presence of public religion a barrier to political modernity? This chapter will discuss the nature of the relationship among the sharia, the state and the individual Muslim today, mindful of what history tells us about the lived experience of Islamic societies.
Hence one should not merely recite a partial verse, thus taking part of the verse out of its context, or emphasising some aspect at the expense of the whole. Nor should one vary the text through lack of breath: published Qurans commonly give an indication of where one should pause for breath, and mark how much one must recite until the next pause. There are social practices built upon particular types of piety. It is common that official religious gatherings begin with the recital of the Quran; otherwise they run the risk of being regarded as unofficial, and even un-Islamic.