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Retsikas, Kostas (2012) 'Becoming Sacred: Humanity and Divinity in East Java, Indonesia.' In: Marsden, Magnus and Retsikas, Kostas, (eds.), Articulating Islam: Anthropological Approaches to Muslim Worlds. Dordecht: Springer, pp. 119-138. (Muslims in Global Societies Series, vol 6.)

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Retsikas’ study focuses on Muslims in East Java, Indonesia and is primarily concerned with the ways in which local Sufi healers have acquired the capacity to heal. This leads him into an investigation of the connections people seek to forge with spirits, saints, and Allah Himself through the undertaking of ascetic practices under the guidance of the notion of ‘self-annihilation’. Retsikas is also interested in emphasising the kinds of bodies – open, yet powerful composites of detachable human and non-human parts- healers’ acquire in such process and the conceptual challenges their practices presents us with in terms of understanding the relation between the human and the divine.

Item Type: Book Chapters
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Anthropology & Sociology
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of Anthropology and Sociology
ISBN: 9789400742666
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Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2011 11:31

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