New Year's Day At Ali Shrine Analysis

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For the short essay assignment, I chose to compare the readings from week 6. Both R.D. McChesney’s, “Waqf in Central Asia: Four Hundred Years in the History of a Muslim Shrine” and Robert L. Canfield’s, “New Year’s Day at Ali’s Shrine,” discuss the shrine of Ali in Mazar-I Sharif in Afghanistan. Though these reading selections both discuss the same shrine, they are actually very different from each other in terms of the author’s approach, the shrine’s origin, sources of information, and issues surrounding the shrine. To begin, on the surface the author’s have very different approaches in terms of how the present their information. For example, in the R.D. McChesney’s text he presents the information of the shrine in a factual, descriptive

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