The Poetic Performativity of a Ziyāra Text in Fashioning the Ziyāra Ritual to Ḥusayn b. ʿAlī as a Metapragmatic Icon of Wilāya

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July 24, 2018

Mehreen Zahra Jiwan is a Fellow and Research Assistant at the Berkeley Institute for Islamic Studies. She is currently an MA student at the University of Toronto’s Department for the Study of Religion. She obtained her Honors BA in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations and Peace, Conflict & Justice Studies with the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.

Abstract

This article examines a ziyāra text from Ibn Qūlawayh’s (d.978/9) Kāmil al-Ziyārāt (The Perfection of the Visitations) by engaging with the poetic performativity of the ritual discourse. The study demonstrates how the text’s ‘form’ and poetic density fashion the ziyāra ritual as a metapragmatic icon of wilāya for the early Shīʿi community. This may serve as a case-study for the methodological potential of linguistic anthropology to analyze sectarian difference during Imāmi Shīʿism’s formative period.

2018-07-25T02:24:31+00:00

Mehreen Zahra Jiwan

Mehreen Zahra Jiwan is a Fellow and Research Assistant at the Berkeley Institute for Islamic Studies. She is currently an MA student at the University of Toronto’s Department for the Study of Religion. She obtained her Honors BA in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations and Peace, Conflict & Justice Studies with the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.
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