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"Every year on the tenth day of the holy month of Muharram, Shia Muslims show a distinctive face of Islam, one that sees spirituality in passion and rituals rather than in law and the familiar practices that punctuate Muslim lives." - Vali Nasr

The day of Ashura, which passed on Tuesday, is holy to both Sunnis and Shias, but the latter have a very distinctive way of commemorating it. Learn more about how Shias observe not just Ashura but the entire month of Muharram in this slideshow I made for FRONTLINE.
Every year on the Islamic holy day of Ashura, the media is flooded with images of blood-soaked Shias self-flagellating. Instead, this photo essay illustrates how Shias around the world — who make up b...
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