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Sufis and Saints' Bodies: Mysticism, Corporeality & Sacred Power in Islam, Scott Kugle

Author Name    Scott Kugle

Title   Sufis and Saints' Bodies: Mysticism, Corporeality & Sacred Power in Islam

Binding   Hardcover

Book Condition   New

Jacket Condition   New

Edition   First Indian Edition

Size   16 x 24 Cm

Publisher   New Delhi, India Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd. 2009

ISBN    8121512042 / 9788121512046

Seller ID   029121

Islam is often described as abstract, ascetic, and uniquely disengaged from the human body. Scott Kugle refutes this assertion in the first full study of Islamic mysticism as it relates to the human body. Examining Sufi conceptions of the body in religious writings from the late fifteenth through the nineteenth century, Kugle demonstrates that literature from this era often treated saints' physical bodies as sites of sacred power. Sufis and Saints' Bodies focuses on six important saints from Sufi communities in North Africa and South Asia. Kugle singles out a specific part of the body to which each saint is frequently associated in religious literature. The saints' bodies, Kugle argues, are treated as symbolic resources for generating religious meaning, communal solidarity, and the experience of sacred power. In each chapter, Kugle also features a particular theoretical problem, drawing methodologically from religious studies, anthropology, studies of gender and sexuality, theology, feminism, and philosophy. Bringing a new perspective to Islamic studies, Kugle shows how an important Islamic tradition integrated myriad understandings of the body in its nurturing role in the material, social, and spiritual realms. Printed Pages: 368 with 4 figures and 1 map.

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