Global Husaini; Identity Formation at Shrinescape

  • Syamsul Asri ICRS UGM & Fajar University
  • Heddy Shry Ahimsa Putra Gadjah Mada University
  • Albertus Bagus Laksana Sanata Dharma University
Keywords: Global Husaini, Arbain Walk, Shrinescape


Imam Husain`s martyrdom regains its global importance thanks to arbain walk, an annual inter-religious ziyarah event done by walking from Najaf to Karbala, along the route of which epic hospitality is being practiced for the comfort of Imam Husain`s devotee that coming from around the world. If Imam Husain`s martyrdom previously exist in revolutionary and spiritual imaginary of world leaders and mystics, arbain walk opens up a new path to convey Imam Husain`s legacy, in the sense that arbain walk reenact nonshi`i involvements in Karbala event thus make it as an arena for interreligious encounters. Those nonshi`i participated in 3 days walking from Najaf to Karbala are comprising of what I call global Husaini, emerge as the result of dynamic encounter in shrinescape of Imam Husain. Without this dynamics of shrinescape, global Husaini will be only a scattered presence of nonShi`is in communal pockets of Shi`i adherents around the world commemorating Imam Husain`s martyrdom.


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How to Cite
Asri, S., Shry Ahimsa Putra, H., & Laksana, A. (2021). Global Husaini; Identity Formation at Shrinescape. International Journal of Interreligious and Intercultural Studies, 4(1), 78-95.