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The Prayer Economy

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622856.003.0007
The Prayer Economy

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This chapter discusses the development of the prayer economy, whereby gifts are exchanged for blessings, prayers, and intercession with God. It argue that certain processes of commodification have been central to the personalization of religious authority in the figures of certain Muslim religious leaders with reputations as saints who have become more privatized religious figures akin to free-floating sanctifiers in a religious economy that is more like a market.

Keywords: Islam; Saints, Muslim; Commodification; Magic; Gifts; Commodities; Exchange; Max, Weber; Secrecy; Political Economy

Chapter.  13725 words. 

Subjects: African Studies

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