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Book: Religions of a Single God

Chapter: Chapter 10: Islamic Practice and Holy Days

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.36419


Islam is a religion with legal codes that govern the shape of daily life, from religious services to dress and diet. This chapter will illustrate just some the vast diversity of Islamic legal interpretation. We shall look at the development and characteristics of Shariah as it pertains to daily life, the legal schools, and the five pillars of action. We will also look at topics such as diet, modesty, and the pressures of assimilation. This chapter also describes the main Islamic holy days and religious and practices associated with them. It closes by looking at various features of art and culture in the Islamicate, and the global demographics of Muslims.

Chapter Contributors

  • Zeba Crook ( - zcrook) 'Carleton University'