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Introduction

A Saharan Ontology of the Invisible

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  19 January 2023

Erin Pettigrew
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New York University, Abu Dhabi
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The Introduction acquaints the reader with key terms – such as the Islamic esoteric sciences, l’ḥjāb, and lettrism – as well as the cultural and social context of the Sahara while also situating the major arguments of the book within the disciplines of history and anthropology and the fields of African Studies, Islamic Studies, and the Middle East. The chapter makes an argument for including spirits, miracles, and divine forces in historical narratives and for studying the marginal, the liminal, and the in-between ⎯ not only when it comes to geographic spaces such as the Sahara which is often imagined as an empty barrier between two more significant regions on the African continent, but also when it comes to the politically peripheral, the culturally hybrid, and socially heterogenous postcolonial country of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania.

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Invoking the Invisible in the Sahara
Islam, Spiritual Mediation, and Social Change
, pp. 1 - 38
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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  • Introduction
  • Erin Pettigrew, New York University, Abu Dhabi
  • Book: Invoking the Invisible in the Sahara
  • Online publication: 19 January 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009224581.001
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  • Introduction
  • Erin Pettigrew, New York University, Abu Dhabi
  • Book: Invoking the Invisible in the Sahara
  • Online publication: 19 January 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009224581.001
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  • Introduction
  • Erin Pettigrew, New York University, Abu Dhabi
  • Book: Invoking the Invisible in the Sahara
  • Online publication: 19 January 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009224581.001
Available formats
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