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


ByOliver Leaman

part I|51 pages


chapter 1|25 pages

The Qur'an

Ritual, Practice, Embodiment, and Culture
ByNatana J. DeLong-Bas

chapter 2|24 pages


ByMansur Ali

part II|147 pages


chapter 3|25 pages

The Hanafis

ByHamza Dudgeon

chapter 4|8 pages

The Hanbalis

The Later Generation and the Development of the mu‘tamad Opinions
ByJewel Jalil, Saud al-Sarhan

chapter 5|23 pages


ByDelfina Serrano-Ruano

chapter 6|12 pages

Salafi Ritual Law and Practice

ByRichard Gauvain

chapter 7|9 pages

The Shafiʿis

ByNuha Alshaar

chapter 8|10 pages

Shi‘i Rituals and Practices

ByLiyakat Takim

chapter 9|15 pages

The Ismailis

History, Doctrines, and Ritual Practices
ByShiraz Kabani

chapter 10|6 pages


ByAdam Gaiser

chapter 12|15 pages


Invoking God's Name and the Practice of Dhikr
ByRaid Al-Daghistani

chapter 13|10 pages

Returning to God

Constructing Agency through the Practice of Dhikr in Sufi Islam
ByFeyza Akova

part III|128 pages


chapter 14|15 pages


ByStephen R. Burge

chapter 15|6 pages

Language, Ritual, and Non-Ritual Prayer

Salat and Duʻa
ByNiloofar Haeri

chapter 16|12 pages

Qur'an Recital

ByLauren E. Osborne

chapter 17|8 pages


ByHerman L. Beck

chapter 18|7 pages


ByAndrea Stanton

chapter 19|13 pages


ByShazia Moosa, Mahnoor Nawab, Hira Zuberi, Lubna Samad

chapter 20|11 pages

Halal Slaughter

ByJohn Lever, Awal Fuseini

chapter 21|20 pages


BySerdar Kurnaz

chapter 22|9 pages

The Social Dynamics of Khulʿ

The Experience of German Muslims
ByMahmoud Jaraba

chapter 23|11 pages

Islamic Fashion

ByHeather Akou

chapter 24|14 pages

Young Adults

Fueling Young Muslim Adults' Religiosity by Connecting Islamic Beliefs and Practices across Their Development
ByMona M. Abo-Zena, Abdul-Malik Merchant

part IV|83 pages


chapter 25|8 pages

Sacred Space 1

BySimon O’Meara

chapter 26|36 pages

Sacred Spaces

Adaptation and Early Islam
ByEssam Ayyad

chapter 27|17 pages

Twelver Shi‘a Pilgrimage

ByIngvild Flaskerud

chapter 28|7 pages

Ziyara (ʿAlawi Ritual and Practice)

ByAmelia Gallagher

chapter 29|13 pages

The Qibla

Ritual Orientation in the Formation of Islamic Collective Identity
ByAri M. Gordon

part V|105 pages


chapter 30|12 pages

Animals as Agents?

A Qur'anic View
ByAsmaa El Maaroufi

chapter 31|22 pages

Heresy or Moral Imperative?

Islamic Perspectives on Veganism
ByZinnira Shaikh

chapter 32|9 pages

“Islamic Reformism”

Colonial Influence on Muslim Intellectual Practice
ByMohamed Amine Brahimi

chapter 33|9 pages

Qur'an, Rituals, and Muslim Memory of Jews

ByMehnaz M. Afridi

chapter 34|12 pages

Muslim Attitudes to Christian Ritual and Practice

ByClinton Bennett

chapter 35|11 pages

Interfaith Practices

ByElizabeth Becker

chapter 36|11 pages

Ritual, Embodiment and Creativity in the Muslim Diaspora

Transnational Migrations and Symbolic Returns
ByPnina Werbner

chapter 37|9 pages

The Secular World

ByUfuk Topkara

chapter 38|8 pages

Rituals, Equality, and Difference

ByOliver Leaman