Suleman, Fahmida (dir.), People of the Prophet’s House: Artistic and Ritual Expressions of Shiʿi Islam, Londres, Azimuth Editions, 2015, 272p.

SulemanIn Memoriam Oleg Grabar (1929–2011) and Melanie Michailidis (1966–2013)

Despite their distinct theological differences, Shiʿi and Sunni Muslims, followers of the two main branches of Islam, share a number of core beliefs including an allegiance to and love for the Prophet Muhammad and members of his family. For Shiʿi Muslims, reverence for the Prophet and allegiance to his household (Ahl al-bayt, ‘People of the House’), comprising his immediate family and their descendants, constitutes an essential principle of belief that has directly impacted how Shiʿi artists, rulers, patrons and ritual participants have conveyed their love and loyalty through material culture and religious ritual. The 22 chapters in this volume, richly illustrated with over 200 colour images, present a diversity of beliefs and practices expressed through the arts, architecture, material culture and ritual that spans Shiʿi history from the tenth century to the present day. With contributions from experts in the fields of anthropology, religious studies, art and architectural history, numismatics, film studies and contemporary art, the book also calls attention to the global diversity of the artistic and devotional expressions of Shiʿi Muslims from across Trinidad, Senegal, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, India and China. Additionally, some essays draw upon important female Shiʿi figures and female ritual practices and many chapters underscore the theme of love for the Ahl al-bayt beyond Sunni and Shiʿi demarcations. This work contributes to a growing body of scholarship dedicated to the religious arts and rituals of Shiʿi Muslims around the world.


1.   Shiʿi art and ritual: contexts, definitions and expressions
Fahmida Suleman and Shainool Jiwa
2.  Are there Shiʿi forms of art?
Oleg Grabar
3.   The Shiʿi shrines of Iraq
James W. Allan
4.  Glorifying the Imamate: architecture and ritual in the Shiʿi shrines of Syria
Yasser Tabbaa
5.   Evanescent meaning: the place of Shiʿism in Fatimid mosques
Jonathan M. Bloom
6.  A Shiʿi building boom in 11th-century Qum: the case of the Bagh-i Sabz towers
Robert Hillenbrand
7.   Pilgrims and patrons: ziyāra under the Samanids and Bavandids
Melanie Michailidis
8.  Early Qurʾans ‘signed’ by the Shiʿi Imams
Sheila R. Canby
9.  Writing about faith: epigraphic evidence for the development of Twelver Shiʿism in Iran
Sheila S. Blair
10. The writing on the walls: selections from the Twelver Shiʿi epigraphs of Lucknow’s Hussainabad Imambara
Hussein Keshani
11. ʿAlī walī Allāh and other non-Qurʾanic references to the Ahl al-bayt on Islamic coinage before the Saljuq period
Luke Treadwell
12. Between the past and the future: The fālnāma (book of omens) in the 16th and early 17th centuries
Massumeh Farhad
13. Exploring Ahl al-bayt imagery in Qajar Iran (1785–1925)
Maryam Ekhtiar
14. Shiʿism and contemporary Iranian art
Venetia Porter
15. Dhu’ l-faqār and the Ottomans
Zeynep Yürekli
16. The Hand of Fatima: in search of its origins and significance
Fahmida Suleman
17. Lasting elegy: Shiʿi art and architecture
Peter J. Chelkowski
18. ʿArūze Qāsem – a theatrical event in Shiʿi female commemorative rituals
Ingvild Flaskerud
19. Cinema as a cultural reservoir for the Shiʿi performing art of taʿziya
Nacim Pak-Shiraz
20. Some historic taʿziyas of Multan
Tryna Lyons
21. Chirogh rawshan: Shiʿi ceremonial practised by the Ismaili communities of Xinjiang China
Amier Saidula
22. Building and performing Shiʿi Islam in Sufi Senegal: a photo essay
Mara A. Leichtman

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Chargé de diffusion scientifique (2015, 7 mars). Suleman, Fahmida (dir.), People of the Prophet’s House: Artistic and Ritual Expressions of Shiʿi Islam, Londres, Azimuth Editions, 2015, 272p. IISMM. Consulté le 23 mai 2024, à l’adresse

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