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Women in Sufism

Female Religiosities in a Transnational Order, 1st Edition

By Marta Dominguez Diaz


204 pages

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Exploring the diverse myriad of female religious identities that exist within the various branches of the Moroccan Sufi Order, Qādiriyya Būdshīshiyya, today, this book evidences a wide array of religious identities, from those more typical of Berber culture, to those characterised by a ‘sober’ approach to Sufism, as well as those that denote New Age eclecticism.

The book researches the ways in which religious discourses are corporeally endorsed. After providing an overview of the Order historically and today, enunciating the processes by which this local tarīqa from North-eastern Morocco has become the international organization that it is now, the book explores the religious body in movement, in performance, and in relation to the social order. It analyses pilgrimage by assessing the annual visit that followers of Hamza Būdshīsh make to the central lodge of the Order in Madāgh; it explores bodily religious enactments in ritual performance, by discussing the central practices of Sufi ritual as manifested in the Būdshīshiyya, and delves attention into diverse understandings of faith healing and health issues.

Women and Sufism provides a detailed insight into religious healing, sufi rituals and sufi pilgrimage, and is essential reading for those seeking to understand Islam in Morocco, or those with an interest in Anthropology and Middle East studies more generally.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 2 A Historical Overview 3 The Budshishiyya Today 4 The Budshishiyya Online 5 Ziyara 6 Ritual 7 Healing 8 Final Caveats

About the Author

Marta Dominguez Diaz is Assistant Professor in Islamic Studies (Anthropology) at the University of StGallen, Switzerland. Her research interests include North-African Sufism, Islam in Europe, Ritual Studies, Religious Healing, Comparative Religion and Muslim-Jewish Relations. She has published a number of articles on Sufism and on ritual studies.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / Islam / Sufi
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies