Sufis and Saints' Bodies Mysticism, Corporeality, and Sacred Power in Islam / Scott Kugle.

By: Kugle, Scott Alan, 1969-Contributor(s): Project Muse [distributor]Material type: TextTextSeries: Project MUSEPublisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, 2007Manufacturer: Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2014Copyright date: ©2007Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 345 p.) : ill., mapContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781469602684; 1469602687Subject(s): Mysticism -- Islam | Sufism -- Doctrines | Human body (Philosophy) | Human body -- Religious aspects -- IslamDDC classification: 297.4/12 LOC classification: BP190.5.B63 | K84 2007Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Introduction -- Body enshrined: the bones of Mawlay Idrīs -- Body politicized: the belly of sayyida Āmina -- Body refined: the eyes of Muḥammad Ghawth -- Body enraptured: the lips of Shāh Ḥussayn -- Body revived: the heart of Ḥājji Imdādullah -- Conclusion: corporeality and sacred power in Islam.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [317]-325) and index.

Introduction -- Body enshrined: the bones of Mawlay Idrīs -- Body politicized: the belly of sayyida Āmina -- Body refined: the eyes of Muḥammad Ghawth -- Body enraptured: the lips of Shāh Ḥussayn -- Body revived: the heart of Ḥājji Imdādullah -- Conclusion: corporeality and sacred power in Islam.

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Framed by recent theories of embodiment and its significance for religious phenomena, this intriguing, well-researched book by Kugle (independent scholar) gives readers insight into the role of the body in Sufism, and argues that Islam has been unduly absent from embodiment research for too long. The book consists of five vignettes of saintly individuals (male and female) in Morocco and South Asia, and spans a historical continuum from the 15th to the 19th century. Both locality and time play a significant role in Kugle's analysis of embodiment, and inform his conclusions about the role of corporeality and sacred power in Islam. Each vignette focuses on the symbolic significance of a particular body part for the saint or Sufi in question, bringing together an impressive range of primary sources in several Islamicate languages (Arabic, Persian, Urdu), with secondary literature on Sufism and theories in embodiment, sexuality, and the sacred. Kugle's elegant but complex style interweaves the saints' life stories from hagiographic accounts and poetry, while simultaneously offering deep theoretical analysis of their sacred power. The conclusion of the book is a rather engaged "debate" with Wahhabism's founding intellectual and his rejection of sainthood and Sufi practices. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers. J. Hammer University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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