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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 Revived The Heart of Ḥājji Imdādullah

Body Revived The Heart of Ḥājji Imdādullah

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Sufis & Saints' Bodies

Scott Kugle

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines the Sufi anatomy of the heart and delves into the rich treatment of ritual to explore the anatomy of the heart as a moral organ. It notes that in Hajji Imdadullah's view, the heart is not just the font of vitality for the physical body—rather, the dominant character of the heart is its constant motion; despite the appearance of its muscular mass, the heart is hollow; and that is the secret of its effectiveness. The chapter also explores Imdadullah's life, for he lived at a historical barzakh, a boundary between two qualitatively different times for Muslims in South Asia: the early modern period with the humiliation of colonial European rule. It examines the images of the heart in order to understand how Imdadullah did this and assesses in what ways he might have been successful.

Keywords:   Sufi, anatomy, heart, moral organ, Hajji Imdadulla, barzakh, Muslims, South Asia

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