Muslims around the world have begun to prepare themselves for the month Ramadan in which they will fast from sunrise to sunset. The holy month, one of Islam’s five pillars, falls in the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar.

Representations of martyrdom are anchored both in the popular culture of Islam and in the Islamic tradition that people use as a touchstone to authenticate their religious practices.
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Sydney McCourt is Politics of Media and Representation major at the University of William and Mary, currently studying media, political science, and Arabic in Rabat.