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Title: The Day of Atonement and Yawm 'Āshūrā'
Subtitle: From Assimilation to Differentiation
Author(s): MAZUZ, Haggai
Journal: Ancient Near Eastern Studies
Volume: 50 Date: 2013
The Islamic tradition of differentiating Muslim practices from those of other monotheists has been neglected by scholars. Although early Islam started out imitating Jewish traditions of fasting, it eventually sought to differentiate itself from Judaism, creating a set of new customs in regard to fasting, which were more lenient than those of Judaism. In this article, I will attempt to examine some of the specific Jewish sources that may have motivated Muslims to adopt customs that were the opposite of Jewish customs regarding fasting.