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The wrong kind of sacrifice

By Namia Akhtar

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Eid is an occasion to reconnect with our higher selves, the transcendent self that exists within us to connect with the celestial and to instill at least a fragment of that celestial order in our lives. Nonetheless, in contemporary Muslim society in urban Bangladesh, Eid-ul-Azha has evolved into a social festival -- and less of a religious one -- that provides the middle class and the upper class with an opportunity to aggrandise their self-esteem. The days preceding the Eid-ul-Azha become a podium for self-aggrandisement which is performed and established through the comparisons made among sacrificial animals.


Katie Carroll

Date 28 September 2015
Publication Title Dhaka Tribune
Pages 3
Publisher Dhaka Tribune
Language English
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  1. Animal care
  2. Animal roles
  3. Animal sacrifice
  4. Animals in culture
  5. Animal welfare
  6. Bangladesh
  7. Human-animal relationships
  8. Manners and customs.
  9. Religions
  10. Sacrifice
  11. Societies