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Middle Eastern Studies

Resources and content of interest for researchers and students of Middle Eastern Studies

Sufism

Sufism is a mystical branch of Islam, taking root a little after 900 AD, where believers often focus heavily on asceticism, leaving an impact on Islam with their rituals and devotional practices. They mainly identify as Sunni. 

Islamic Holidays

Al-Hijra: Islamic New Year, it marks the movement of the Prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Medina.

Eid al-Adha: The most important feast in the Muslim calendar, it celebrates Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son (Muslims believe it was Ismael, while Jews and Christians believe it was Isaac.

Mawlid: The celebration Muslims hold to celebrate the Prophet Muhammad's birthday.

Ramadan: a Holy month of fasting, it commemorates the time when the Quran was revealed to Muhammad, Muslims believe. Fasting during it is one of the five pillars of Islam.

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