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Four Days for the Prophet: Kenya's Maulidi Festival Celebrates the Birth of Muhammad
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TitleFour Days for the Prophet: Kenya's Maulidi Festival Celebrates the Birth of Muhammad
SubjectSwahili Dance
Religious Life and Customs
Maulidi
Lamu, Kenya, Africa
DescriptionPeople who live in Kenya's Lamu archipelago wait all year for Maulidi, the celebration they hold in commemoration of the Prophet Muhammad's birth. Thousands of their relatives and friends, from East Africa and abroad, descend on the tiny town of Lamu to celebrate for four days during Rabbi-al-Awwal, the month in which the Prophet was born. Maulidi is a homecoming and a religious pilgrimage for Muslims from the coast. It is an opportunity to arrange marriages and make business deals, but most importantly, it is a time to honor the life and work of the Prophet and pay homage to local saints.
CreatorRebecca Gearhart, Ph.D.
Collection NameSwahili Expressive Arts Collection (Illinois Wesleyan University)
RightsRebecca Gearhart, Ph.D., Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Illinois Wesleyan University retains the rights to this material. Permission to reproduce these images must be granted by Professor Gearhart. Please contact her at rgearhar@iwu.edu for more information.
Date.Original1998
Date.Digital1998
Digitization SpecsDue to publisher agreements, access to this article is limited to the IWU community.
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