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These pious expressions have a musical content and shape, and they follow traditions of recital that have been specifically adopted for spiritual purposes. In all of them the goal is to carry the deeper messages of the heart in a medium that will appeal to the ordinary believer, whether Sunni or Shia. Beyond these general practices, there is a complex network of recitals which are tied to more specific Muslim religious practices. Most of these have to do with the culture of communities as developed over time.
Cambridge, MA, 2007. Sen, Amartya. Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny. New York and London, 2006. Sila-Khan, Dominique. Crossing the Threshold: Understanding Religious Identities in South Asia. London, 2004. 2 Everyday Tradition Earle Waugh From the earliest days of Islam, popular religious practices and the expressions of piety have been a matter of lively debate. After all, Islam was born in Mecca, a pilgrimage centre from pagan times that commanded the allegiance of people throughout the region.
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