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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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Conclusion Corporeality and Sacred Power in Islam

Conclusion Corporeality and Sacred Power in Islam

(p.265) Conclusion Corporeality and Sacred Power in Islam
Sufis & Saints' Bodies

Scott Kugle

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on tombs and graves as the site of intra-Muslim debate over the nature of the body. It highlights both grave threats and the hope of renewed life, which are the twin poles between which Sufis chart their course in our modern period. The chapter ventures to explain the partial retreat by Sufis from public life as well as their persistence by exploring the Wahhabi movement and its conception of the body that is basically the image of the body buried and gone. It reveals that the Sufis' approach to the human body is in stark contrast to the Wahhabis'.

Keywords:   tombs, graves, Sufis, Wahhabi, human body

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