Glossary

Alam

Alam

A religious processional object used by the Shi’a community on ashura, the tenth day of Muharram, that commemorates the martyrdom of al-Hosayn, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad. It is typically made of a metal such as gilded brass, and features Arabic inscriptions. It is considered a symbolic reference to the first Shi’a imam Ali, the son-in-law of the Prophet. From the Arabic alam, meaning “world.”

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