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Ashura: This Blood Spilled in My Veins Jalal Toufic

Ashura: This Blood Spilled in My Veins

Jalal Toufic

Published January 1st 2005
ISBN : 9789953004600
Paperback
107 pages
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Cultural Writing. Middle Eastern Studies. Religious Studies. ASHURA is largely made up of photographs or video stills of Ashura, the ceremony of self-flagellation and bloodletting performed by some Twelver Shiites to mark their wait for the comingMoreCultural Writing. Middle Eastern Studies. Religious Studies. ASHURA is largely made up of photographs or video stills of Ashura, the ceremony of self-flagellation and bloodletting performed by some Twelver Shiites to mark their wait for the coming of a twelfth imam. Blood literally soaks these men, the floor, the street, their sneakers, and Toufics lens does not blink. Meanwhile his thoughts on the cultural and philosophic implications of the ritual, strangely cool and confident against a background of such ecstatic religious fervor, reframes everything from film to Islam to Toufic himself. Toufic writes: Al-Husayn, the grandson of the prophet Muhammad and the son of the first Shiite imam, Ali, was slaughtered alongside many members of his family in the desert in 680. This memory is torture to me. But, basically, one can say this memory is torture to me of every memory, since each reminiscence envelops at some level the memory of the origin of memory...