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Published in: Contemporary Islam 1/2014

01-01-2014

Review of Carla Bellamy, The Powerful Ephemeral: Everyday Healing in an Ambiguously Islamic Place

Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011, xxiii + 282 pp. ISBN 978-0-520-26281-2

Author: Matthew A. Cook

Published in: Contemporary Islam | Issue 1/2014

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Carla Bellamy’s The Powerful Ephemeral is an ethnographic description of healing rituals in the Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh, India. It focuses on a group of Muslim shrines called Husain Tekri. The book argues that religious ambiguity is central to healing at Husain Tekri, for both Hindus and Muslims. By illustrating healing as a socio-cultural process that is not exclusively Hindu or Muslim, the text aims to critique community-based categories that are common in religious studies …
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Title
Review of Carla Bellamy, The Powerful Ephemeral: Everyday Healing in an Ambiguously Islamic Place
Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011, xxiii + 282 pp. ISBN 978-0-520-26281-2
Author
Matthew A. Cook
Publication date
01-01-2014
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Published in
Contemporary Islam / Issue 1/2014
Print ISSN: 1872-0218
Electronic ISSN: 1872-0226
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s11562-012-0214-y

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