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A Structuralist Reading of the Karbala Drama
Dalarna University, School of Education and Humanities, Religious Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9963-8124
2007 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this paper I will argue that the theoretical and methodological apparatus of the French structuralist Claude Lévi-Strauss, with good results can be applied to much of early Islamic historiography. I will suggest that when this method is applied to the story of the death of Husayn b. `Alī at Karbalā’ in 680, one can deduce that the function of the character of Husayn in the text is that of a “mediator” in structuralist terms. This means that he acts both to keep polar oppositions apart, and that he allows for a bridging from one opposite to the other.

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2007.
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History of Religions
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-10138OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-10138DiVA: diva2:530966
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Religion on the Borders: New Challenges in the Academic Study of Religion. 19-22 April, 2007. Stockholm: Södertörns Högskola
Available from: 2012-06-05 Created: 2012-06-05 Last updated: 2013-12-13Bibliographically approved

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