Réflexions sur l’usage des produits odoriférants dans les mosquées de l’époque classique au Proche-Orient

Abstract : Fragrances have played a major role in Near-East cults that were anterior or contemporary to Islam. However, an analysis of the sources available reveals that Near-Eastern mosques were not the place for a large diffusion of perfume or incense. Although perfumes are exceptionally used to purify a sullied place, they have no liturgical function. Yet, in Islam fragrances assume a symbolic power, which might have favoured their role in ceremonial. The low level of ritualization in mosques does not justify the exclusion of scented products inside the religious building since the mosques are, under some conditions, the place of a sacred staging. The profusion of perfumes in profane contexts in the Early Islam, as well as in other cults, could have limited the use of fragrances in the mosques.
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Julie Bonnéric. Réflexions sur l’usage des produits odoriférants dans les mosquées de l’époque classique au Proche-Orient. Bulletin d'Etudes Orientales, Institut Français du Proche-Orient (IFPO), 2015, Histoire et anthropologie des odeurs en terre d’Islam à l’époque médiévale, 64, pp.295-317. ⟨halshs-01986955⟩

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