"Reverse Centrifugal Movement": Reading Liminality at the Shrinescape

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Syamsul Asri
Heddy Shri Ahimsa Putra
Albertus Bagus Laksana


This paper main objective is to explain the nature and dynamics of solidarity and kindness that being shown in arbain walk, an annual Shi`i pilgrimage where noticeable presence of non-Muslims are observed. Coming from different religious and ethnic backgrounds, these lovers of Imam Husain are united by Imam Husain`s barakah in one hand and epic hospitality of Iraqi people for Imam Husain`s millions of devotee in other hand. The paper argues that this is an elaborated form of liminality, as emerge and envelope the pilgrims in their shrine-related religious activity, cordially affected by its shrine centered pilgrimage, namely Imam Husain`s shrine, in which shrine`s materiality and its multilayered intellectual and spiritual narrativity determines the form and intensity of pilgrim`s comradeship that being sensed. Reverse centrifugal movement is a dynamics through which Imam Husain`s shrinescape shapes the form and intensity of mutual friendship that emerge during this bigger than hajj annual rite.


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Asri, S., Putra, H. S. A., & Laksana, A. B. (2021). "Reverse Centrifugal Movement": Reading Liminality at the Shrinescape. Religio: Jurnal Studi Agama-Agama, 11(1), 83–100. https://doi.org/10.15642/religio.v11i1.1649


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