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The Lives of an Afghan Saint

David B. Edwards

in Heroes of the Age

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 1996 | ISBN: 9780520200630
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520916319 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520200630.003.0004
The Lives of an Afghan Saint

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Using Hadda Sahib's as a focus, this chapter examines traditional religious authority in Afghanistan. The story that introduces this chapter is typical of the stories heard and representative of the analytical problem faced here. Here is a dramatic instance of the Mulla's power and influence, an influence that extends beyond this world to the magical realm of Koh-i Qaf itself. It substantiates an argument that miracles are above all else a discursive vehicle by means of which a certain kind of ethos and worldview are made real and apparent.

Keywords: traditional religion; religious authority; Hadda Sadib; Koh-i Qaf; miracles

Chapter.  20602 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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