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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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Body Refined: The Eyes of Muhammad Ghawth

Body Refined: The Eyes of Muhammad Ghawth

(p.123) 3 Body Refined: The Eyes of Muhammad Ghawth
Sufis & Saints' Bodies

Scott Kugle

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines the controversy of bodies in mystical ascension. It explores the power of vision by examining the eyes of Muhammad Ghawth (who died in 1562 in Gwāliyōr [Gwalior], India), a Sufi who experienced an astounding ascension on the model of the Prophet Muhammad's original experience. The chapter notes that for Muhammad Ghawth, the title does not connote “succor and sustenance” as it did with Abu Madyan but rather connotes “aid from above.” It explains that Muhammad Ghawth was given that title by his admirers not because he nourished them but rather because he could direct aid from an unattainable height, and notes that he was the axial saint, the pivot of the universe, because he had risen up beyond himself, as he attested in the record of his visionary experience of ascension.

Keywords:   mystical ascension, vision, Muhammad Ghawth, Sufi, Gwāliyōr, Abu Madyan, axial saint, universe

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