World's Religions by Clarke, Peter

By Clarke, Peter

The theological and philosophical bases of the ideals are truly awarded with their heritage, improvement, expression and daily perform. it's written by way of foreign experts in a scholarly yet non-technical style.

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This served all the purposes of the Roman forum as a place of meeting, assembly, administration, justice, marketing and even defence, as well as worship, with this difference, that by the ninth century the seat of government had been moved away; the market area was in the surrounding streets; and the central enclosure had been built and rebuilt as a single edifice whose prime function was communal worship. The Great Mosque of Qayrawan, the greatest of its kind in North Africa, was finally completed in 864; it consisted of a vast prayer-hall, a huge court surrounded by colonnades, and a fortified tower.

The ranges, 4,000, 8,000 and 12,000 feet high, run parallel to the desert and the sea, enclosing a great upland stretching from Morocco across Algeria to Tunisia. In the west they open on to lowlands that spread down to the Atlantic coast to Morocco, and in the east on to the plains and coastal districts of Tunisia. Along the length of the coast runs a belt of Mediterranean climate that gives way to steppe and then to desert inland. The pattern is repeated in Libya, where the hills are lower and the Sahara closer to the sea.

The Isawiyya (Aïssaoua) were exhibitionists, eating fire and cutting themselves in ecstasy, the most extravagant of those who lived in holy beggary on the fringe of society, the successors of the murabit in his extreme repudiation of the world. Much more respectable, the Qadiriyya traded on the immense reputation of its eponymous founder, one of the great saints of Islam. In between, however, was the holy man who attracted not only disciples, and not merely the allegiance of peoples in the vicinity, but a wide and popular following which cut across community and class.

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