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A Phenomenological Study of Arbaeen Foot Pilgrimage in Iraq

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Highlights

  • A study of the Islamic foot-pilgrimage offers an addition to the existing route-based pilgrimages.
  • The Arbaeen pilgrimage is the largest annual pilgrimage and is discussed with reference to the foot-pilgrimage concepts.

 

  • The impact of rituals is a vast area of research، awaiting further exploration.

 

  • The role of society is a useful concept in relation to Islamic foot-pilgrimage.

 

  • A deliberation of the Karbala-Najaf trail expands the available literature on foot-pilgrimage routes.

 

Abstract

This paper analyzes motivations and experiences of foot-pilgrims in their journey to Karbala (Iraq) during the1Arbaeen pilgrimage. The study deploys an interpretivist paradigm consisting of a phenomenological approach and incorporates the Shia Islamic worldview to synthesize the findings. Findings reveal that Arbaeen foot-pilgrim's motives are driven by perpetual rituals practiced by the Shia community, and concern for society (umma). The ‘umma’ element recurred as a key motive for those who repeated the Arbaeen foot-pilgrimage. The experiential component emerging of the results indicate: religious; bodily; and hospitality/humanitarian aspects to be the significant elements of experiences. Managerial implications including future planning and policy are deliberated.

 

 

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