Carla Bellamy

in The Powerful Ephemeral

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780520262805
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950450 | DOI:

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This chapter provides a representative collection of the forms of anecdote, narrative, and story available in ambiguously Muslim spaces. It demonstrates how compatible these flexible and endlessly interpretable forms are to negotiating the situations in which pilgrims find themselves. The chapter also tries to show that the experience of healing that is offered at the dargāh is filled far more with retrogression, unknowing, and ambiguity than the narratives of many “recovered” pilgrims would suggest.

Keywords: Muslim spaces; healing; recovered pilgrims; anecdote; narrative; story

Chapter.  21276 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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