Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Sufis & Saints' BodiesMysticism, Corporeality, and Sacred Power in Islam$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Scott A. Kugle

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780807830819

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807872772_kugle

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA PRESS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.northcarolina.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of North Carolina Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in NCSO for personal use.date: 23 September 2021

I Body Enshrined: The Bones of Mawlay Idrīs

I Body Enshrined: The Bones of Mawlay Idrīs

(p.43) I Body Enshrined: The Bones of Mawlay Idrīs
Sufis & Saints' Bodies

Scott Kugle

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter analyzes a tomb shrine built over the long-dead but still-present body of the patron saint of Fās (the city of Fes, or Fez, Morocco) in the late fifteenth century (the beginning of the early modern period). It explores how the bones of dead saints are pegs that secure the foundation of our human social world, acting as pivot points in time and space that establish a sacred order. The chapter notes that the tombs of saints and other relic shrines create “a privileged suspension of the flat tyranny of distance” in monotheistic societies, as pointed out by Peter Brown. It also explores the posthumuous legacy of one body, that of the saint–king of Morocco, Mawlay Idris al-Azhar, who founded the city of Fes.

Keywords:   tomb shrine, patron saint, , Morocco, pegs, sacred order, Mawlay Idris al-Azhar

North Carolina Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .