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Islam: Saints and Sacred Geographies: Mashriq
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Shrines to female saints are relatively rare in the Mashriq. Two identifiable trends are shrines to Shīʿī women and shrines to Christian women, most often the Virgin Mary. While the attributes for which women achieve sainthood differ significantly from those of men, the practices of visitors (male and female) are similar and include prayer recitation, requests for intercession, and the making of vows (nadhr).

Both Christians and Muslims recognize saints as people with a special connection, and therefore status, with God, achieved by virtue of good deeds, per…

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Zimney, Michelle, “Islam: Saints and Sacred Geographies: Mashriq”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 02 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0606b>
First published online: 2009

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