Popular religion in Islam designates ideas, customs and cults that cannot be traced to the earliest stages of the religion and/or to the original texts. Still, the elements of popular religion are by its adherents believed to be expressions of a correct understanding of the religion.
Using the term is difficult simply because of the many conflicting ideas concerning Islam. Also, it is difficult to ascertain when the founding period of the religion came to an end. It comes clear from Muslim sources that faith and practice was not settled at the beginning of Muhammad's mission, rather it developed all through the 22 years until his death in 632.
is a head dress that was introduced in the 1970's, aiming at reconciling different versions of scarfs and dresses that hide most of, or all of, the hair.
is a dress that predates Islam, but which has been strongly promoted by ill-learned teachers of Islam through the second half of the 20th century.
is both a person and an institution of Maghreb, the countries of northwestern Africa.
Close to Marabout are the terms Sidi and Lalla.
is the structure and cults of holy men and women.
blessing by items or individuals.
is another form of holy man or woman, used more commonly in the Muslim world than marabout.