Chapter 9. Anglicans and the Shia Tradition
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ANGLICANS AND THE SHIA TRADITION
There are some moments in life which make their mark on your memory. They seem insignificant flashes at the time, but come back to haunt with clarity of insight when great events overtake. Such a moment came for me in the basement of London’s Regent’s Park Mosque during a commemoration ceremony in 1987 for the martyrdom of Imam Hussein held by predominantly Iraqi Shia Muslims. Men and women were separated into separate halls, but there was no feeling of inequality in this separation. There was a need on the part of the women to be able to allow their hearts to rip open. Many of them had lost loved ones to the cruel tortures of Saddam Hussein’s prisons. And I suspect some of them had been victims of torture themselves. They needed to weep; they needed to beat their breasts, to allow their bodies to double over as their guts were ripped out by the pain of it all.
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