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Edith Szanto

Edith Szanto is an author at Religion News Service.

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The world’s largest Muslim pilgrimage site? Not Mecca, but the Shiite shrine in Karbala

By Edith Szanto — September 9, 2020
(The Conversation) — Every year, Shiite Muslims mark the death of Prophet Muhammad’s grandson Hussain with a mourning period that lasts a total of 50 days. Ashura, the tenth day of the Islamic month of Muharram, commemorates the day Hussain died. For millions of Shiites, this mourning period culminates in a pilgrimage to Karbala in […]
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