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Sufis & Saints' Bodies: Mysticism, Corporeality, and Sacred Power in Islam

Scott A. Kugle


Islam is often described as abstract, ascetic, and uniquely disengaged from the human body. The author of this book refutes this assertion in the first full study of Islamic mysticism as it relates to the human body. Examining Sufi conceptions of the body in religious writings from the late fifteenth through the nineteenth century, he demonstrates that literature from this era often treated saints' physical bodies as sites of sacred power. The book focuses on six important saints from Sufi communities in North Africa and South Asia. The author singles out a specific part of the body to which e ... More

Keywords: Islamic mysticism, human body, saints, sacred power, religious literature, gender, sexuality, theology, feminism, philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780807830819
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807872772_kugle


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Scott A. Kugle, author