There is clearly an ascetic aspect in the multiple dimensions of the practice of the Ramadan fast; to savour the poverty of the poor, their hunger, to fast, to share with them, to expiate one's own sins, to forgive others theirs, to renew contact with one's nearest and dearest, to tame one's passions, to counter Satan at every turn.
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Source Notes: "Of Leaven Foods: Ramadan in Morocco," in Culinary Cultures of the Middle East, ed. Sami Zubaida and Richard Tapper (1994).
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