• Short Summary

    MOSLEMS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD ARE OBSERVING THE MONTH-LONG FAST OF RAMADAN, WHICH BEGAN TODAY. THE?

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    MOSLEMS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD ARE OBSERVING THE MONTH-LONG FAST OF RAMADAN, WHICH BEGAN TODAY. THE MOSLEMS HOLD THAT IT WAS DURING THIS PERIOD THAT THEIR HOLY SCRIPTURES, CONTAINED IN THE KORAN, WERE REVEALED TO MOHAMMED BY ALLAH.

    DURING THE NEXT MONTH MOSLEMS ARE FORBIDDEN TO SMOKE OR INDULGE IN ANY FORM OF SELF-GRATIFICATION DURING THE DAYTIME. STRICTER MOSLEMS ALSO OBSERVE RIGID DIETS AND FASTING FOR THE PERIOD.

    RAMADAN IS INTRODUCED WITH AN OLD RITUAL OF PRAYER AND RELIGIOUS CEREMONY. BUT, IN RECENT YEARS THESE RITUALS HAVE TAKEN ON A MODERN LOOK - IN SOME PARTS THE CEREMONIES ARE TELEVISED, AND OFTEN THE PRAYERS ARE BROADCAST THROUGH MOSLEM QUARTERS WITH THE AID OF LOUD SPEAKERS.

    GENERALLY, HOWEVER, RAMADAN IS A PERIOD OF COMPARATIVE AUSTERITY. IN ALGIERS, SHOWN IN THIS FILM, MANY RESTAURANTS AND PLACES OF PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT CLOSE FOR THE DURATION OF THE FASTING PERIOD, USUALLY FROM NINE IN THE MORNING UNTIL THREE IN THE AFTERNOON. IN SOME STRICT MOSLEM COMMUNITIES PEOPLE CAN BE PUNISHED FOR FAILING TO OBSERVE THE FAST.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABHXG8TFJFCYS478Q5FCP0TN8C
    Media URN:
    VLVABHXG8TFJFCYS478Q5FCP0TN8C
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/12/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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