What makes Fridays different in Iraq?
January 31, 2008 5:54 PM Subscribe
How would a typical Iraqi's activities on Friday differ from their activities on other days of the week? I understand that mosque attendance will be higher on Fridays, but would trips to markets, restaurants, or other places be more or less common on Friday? Are there major differences between Sunnis and Shiites in this regard?
posted by thrako to Society & Culture (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Background: I am studying the Iraq Body Count data, and it looks like there are fewer attacks against civilians on Fridays. This could be because people don't want to carry out attacks on Fridays, or it could be that attacks on Fridays don't make it into the data because the Saturday newspaper is smaller. I am wondering if there is something else that could make attacks on Fridays less likely, such as people staying home with their families after going to the mosque. The trip to the mosque could make Friday a better time for attackers, but if people stay home the rest of the day it might counteract the effect