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Cemeteries and funerary architecture
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Cemeteries vary widely across the Islamic world, from simple open-air burial areas to large imperial funerary complexes containing graves marked with simple headstones and free-standing domed tombs. Although Prophetic ḥadīths strongly discouraged the building of tombs and the visiting of graves, the practice was not expressly forbidden, and thus, from the earliest centuries of Islam, ce…

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Ruggles, D. Fairchild, “Cemeteries and funerary architecture”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Devin J. Stewart. Consulted online on 25 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_24613>
First published online: 2020
First print edition: 9789004435957, 20210501, 2021-3

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