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Sufis & Saints' BodiesMysticism, Corporeality, and Sacred Power in Islam$
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Scott A. Kugle

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780807830819

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807872772_kugle

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I Body Enshrined: The Bones of Mawlay Idrīs

I Body Enshrined: The Bones of Mawlay Idrīs

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

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807872772_kugle.8

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

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