Is­tan­bul

Ashura Pro­ces­sion

Newsweek - - Contents - Ơ YASIN AKGUL

Turk­ish women par­tic­i­pate in a re­li­gious pro­ces­sion on Septem­ber 20 dur­ing Ashura, the holi­est fes­ti­val of the Shi­ite Mus­lim cal­en­dar. Ashura com­mem­o­rates the mar­tyr­dom of Imam Husayn ibn Ali, the grand­son of the Prophet Muham­mad killed in the Bat­tle of Kar­bala in 680 AD. His death ul­ti­mately led to the split of Is­lam into the Shi­ite and Sunni sects.

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