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How Shiite Islam reached Tanzania, and Ashoura processions became an annual tradition

How Shiite Islam reached Tanzania, and Ashoura processions became an annual tradition

EACH year, the largest contemporary Muslim pilgrimage takes place in Iraq to remember Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson. Before the pandemic, this event reportedly drew more than 30 million people, but in recent years participation declined to more than 14 million. This procession from Najaf to Karbala, where Hussein is buried, commemorates the 40th day after his martyrdom, a typical length of mourning in Muslim traditions. In 2022, this falls on September 17. Author MARA LEICHTMAN, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Muslim Studies, Michigan State University Following the death of the prophet in A.D. 632, a dispute developed over…
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