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	Sufi Shrines and the Spiritual Economies of Plural Devotion

Sufi Shrines and the Spiritual Economies of Plural Devotion

Anna BIGELOW (Associate Professor, North Carolina State University)

17 juin 2015 | 14h - 16h

Salle 662, 190 avenue de France 75013 Paris

 

 
Sufi shrines in South Asia are well known as gathering places for the adherents of many religious traditions. The spiritual economies of these sites regulate transactions between visitors, pilgrims, patrons, owners, ritual specialists, municipal and state officials, and – of course – the divine. The currencies that enable this circulation are both tangible and intangible, spiritual and material, and often all of these in combination. Proper engagement with the site results in spiritual and material benefits – peace of mind, healing for a disease, financial security, a congenial home life, healthy progeny, auspicious marriages, protection from myriad harms, and so on. But, as in a fiscal economy, unless one masters the rudimentary principles and practices, and accepts the indices of value appropriate to the system, the system will not work and one's prayers will not be answered.To grasp the logic of the many transactions facilitated within these spaces requires attention not just to the theologies, demographics, and social networks emplaced in these sites, but also attention to the stuff that is observed, heard, smelled, tasted, felt, offered, and taken at the shrine and how adherents entrain themselves and others in appropriate, and therefore effective, devotional practice.
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