The Esoteric Sciences

Benjamin F. Soares

in Islam and the Prayer Economy

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9780748622856
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670635 | DOI:
The Esoteric Sciences

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This chapter focuses on one of the most important sources of Islamic religious authority in contemporary Mali, the disparate Islamic esoteric sciences. Considering the sociology of the knowledge and use of such practices, it shows how they are absolutely central to understandings of Islam here and, therefore, constitute an orthodoxy that has not gone uncontested.

Keywords: Islam; Sufism; Saints, Muslim; Sufi orders; Magic; Geomancy; Divination; Secrecy; Knowledge; transmission of Religion; African Traditional

Chapter.  12208 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: African Studies

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