Ritual and practice are one of the most distinctive features of religion, and they are linked with its central beliefs. Islam is no exception here, and this Handbook covers many aspects of those beliefs and practices. It describes the variety of what takes place but mainly why, and what the implications of both the theory and practice have for our understanding of Islam. The book includes accounts of prayer, food, pilgrimage, mosques, and the various legal and doctrinal schools that exist within Islam, with the focus on how they influence practice.

The volume is organized in terms of texts, groups, practices, places, and others. An attempt has been made to discuss the wide range of Muslim ritual and practice and provide a sound guide to this significant aspect of the religious life of one of the largest groups of believers in the world today.

chapter |10 pages


part I|51 pages


chapter 1|25 pages

The Qur'an

Ritual, Practice, Embodiment, and Culture

chapter 2|24 pages


part II|147 pages


chapter 3|25 pages

The Hanafis

chapter 4|8 pages

The Hanbalis

The Later Generation and the Development of the mu‘tamad Opinions

chapter 5|23 pages


chapter 7|9 pages

The Shafiʿis

chapter 9|15 pages

The Ismailis

History, Doctrines, and Ritual Practices

chapter 10|6 pages


chapter 12|15 pages


Invoking God's Name and the Practice of Dhikr

chapter 13|10 pages

Returning to God

Constructing Agency through the Practice of Dhikr in Sufi Islam

part III|128 pages


chapter 14|15 pages


chapter 15|6 pages

Language, Ritual, and Non-Ritual Prayer

Salat and Duʻa

chapter 16|12 pages

Qur'an Recital

chapter 17|8 pages


chapter 18|7 pages


chapter 20|11 pages

Halal Slaughter

chapter 21|20 pages


chapter 22|9 pages

The Social Dynamics of Khulʿ

The Experience of German Muslims

chapter 23|11 pages

Islamic Fashion

chapter 24|14 pages

Young Adults

Fueling Young Muslim Adults' Religiosity by Connecting Islamic Beliefs and Practices across Their Development

part IV|83 pages


chapter 25|8 pages

Sacred Space 1

chapter 26|36 pages

Sacred Spaces

Adaptation and Early Islam

chapter 29|13 pages

The Qibla

Ritual Orientation in the Formation of Islamic Collective Identity

part V|105 pages


chapter 30|12 pages

Animals as Agents?

A Qur'anic View

chapter 31|22 pages

Heresy or Moral Imperative?

Islamic Perspectives on Veganism

chapter 32|9 pages

“Islamic Reformism”

Colonial Influence on Muslim Intellectual Practice

chapter 36|11 pages

Ritual, Embodiment and Creativity in the Muslim Diaspora

Transnational Migrations and Symbolic Returns

chapter 37|9 pages

The Secular World