Home » The Victim and its Masks: An Essay on Sacrifice and Masquerade in the Maghreb by Abdellah Hammoudi
The Victim and its Masks: An Essay on Sacrifice and Masquerade in the Maghreb Abdellah Hammoudi

The Victim and its Masks: An Essay on Sacrifice and Masquerade in the Maghreb

Abdellah Hammoudi

Published November 1st 1993
ISBN : 9780226315263
Paperback
216 pages
Enter the sum

 About the Book 

Each year, in a solemn Sunni Muslim feast, the Ait Mizane of southern Morocco reenact the story of Abraham as a ritual sacrifice, a symbolic observance of their submission to the divine. After this sober ceremony comes a bacchanalian masquerade whichMoreEach year, in a solemn Sunni Muslim feast, the Ait Mizane of southern Morocco reenact the story of Abraham as a ritual sacrifice, a symbolic observance of their submission to the divine. After this sober ceremony comes a bacchanalian masquerade which seems to violate every principle the sacrifice affirmed. Because of the apparent contradiction between sacrifice and masquerade, observers have described the two as entirely separate events. This book reunites them as a single ritual process within Islamic tradition.