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Religion and Custom in a Muslim Society : The Berti of Sudan - Ladislav Holy

Religion and Custom in a Muslim Society

The Berti of Sudan

Hardcover Published: 26th July 1991
ISBN: 9780521394857
Number Of Pages: 256

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Among the Berti of Northern Darfur (Sudan), as among many Muslim societies, the formal religious practices are predominantly the concern of men, while local, unorthodox customary rituals are performed mainly by women. It is usual to dismiss such local, popular practices as pre-Islamic survivals, but Professor Holy shows that the customary rituals constitute an integral part of the religious system of the Berti. Carefully analysing the symbolic statements made in Berti rituals, Professor Holy demonstrates that the distinction between the two classes of rituals is an expression of the gender relationships characteristic of the society. He also examines the social distribution of knowledge about Islam, and explains the role of the religious schools in sustaining religious ideas. The work is not only an ethnographic study of ritual, belief and gender in an African society. It also makes a significant contribution to current anthropological discussion of the interpretation and meaning of rituals and symbols.

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'... an intriguing monograph about Berti religious and ritual life that opens up dilemmas in the presuppositions inherent in the representations of Muslim societies.' African Affairs

Preface and acknowledgements
Introduction
The Berti and Islam
Men and women
Milk and water
Village and wilderness
Custom and religion
Life cycle
Circumcision
Blood and rain
Custom and superstition
Glossary
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780521394857
ISBN-10: 0521394856
Series: Studies in English Language
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 26th July 1991
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.54

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