The Calls of Islam

The Calls of Islam : Sufis, Islamists, and Mass Mediation in Urban Morocco

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The sacred calls that summon believers are the focus of this study of religion and power in Fez, Morocco. Focusing on how dissemination of the call through mass media has transformed understandings of piety and authority, Emilio Spadola details the new importance of once-marginal Sufi practices such as spirit trance and exorcism for ordinary believers, the state, and Islamist movements. The Calls of Islam offers new ethnographic perspectives on ritual, performance, and media in the Muslim world.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 190 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 17.78mm | 181.44g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 025301137X
  • 9780253011374
  • 1,798,477

Table of contents

Introduction: The Calls of Islam
1. Calls from the Unseen
2. Nationalizing the Call: Trance, Technology and Control
3. Our Master's Call
4. Summoning in Secret: Mute Letters and Veiled Writing
5. Rites of Reception
6. Trance-Nationalism; or the Call of Moroccan Islam
7. "To Eliminate the Ghostly Element between People:" The Call as Exorcism Epilogue: The Arab Spring, the Monarchy's Call
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Review quote

[The] tension between social classes is subtly drawn out throughout this exemplary book, and Spadola also does a magnificent job tying local, national, and transnational contexts together. Although writing about a very specific place and time, he manages to capture post-millennial anxieties about Islam and belonging that are far reaching in their scope. * Contemporary Islam * Calls of Islam is an instructive contribution to the literature on Morocco's socio-culltural and political idiosyncrasies. * Review of Middle East Studies * Spadola's dense but short study . . . manages admirably well to deal with a complex topic, skillfully balancing ethnographic and analytic elements. * American Ethnologist *
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About Emilio Spadola

Emilio Spadola is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Colgate University.
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