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Remaking Muslim LivesEveryday Islam in Postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina$
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David Henig

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043291

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043291.001.0001

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Cosmological Time

Cosmological Time

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Remaking Muslim Lives

David Henig

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines the role of Islamic temporal cosmology in villagers’ lives. It focuses on how moments of daily prayer, fasting, and worship are entwined with the materials of temporal textures, in particular in their calendric and time-measuring forms. These entwinements co-constitute villagers’ religious experience, and offer improvised techniques for making meaning and organizing social life. This chapter argues that any study of secular temporal orientations needs to be viewed in parallel with the modes of temporal reasoning and practice that are derived from Islamic temporal conceptions.

Keywords:   agricultural calendars, anthropology of time, calendars, Islamic prayer, materiality, piety, Ramadan, secularism, temporality

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