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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 Enraptured: The Lips of Shāh Ḥussayn

Body Enraptured: The Lips of Shāh Ḥussayn

(p.181) 4 Body Enraptured: The Lips of Shāh Ḥussayn
Sufis & Saints' Bodies

Scott Kugle

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines the spiritual potential of bodily contact. It investigates the lips, as invoked by this Qur'anic passage, and does so by exploring the body of Shah Hussayn, a Sufi of the Qadiri community and a Punjabi poet, (1539–99 c.e.). The chapter follows his bodily gestures of sexual intimacy, social rebellion, and doctrinal heresy as he defied convention in the Mughal regional capital of Lāhōr (Lahore in contemporary Pakistan. It finds that the lips reveal the spiritual secrets of saliva, which represents an intimacy that boldly breaks all routine social and even legal boundaries. The chapter explains that Chapter 2 applied feminist theories from gender studies to understand the body of Sayyida Amina, and that it will add to this repertoire theory from queer studies to address the question of Hussayn's sexual orientation, or nonnormative sexual interactions with other men.

Keywords:   lips, Shah Hussayn, Sufi, Qadiri, Punjabi poet, sexual intimacy, social rebellion, doctrinal heresy, Lahore, queer

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