Istikhara: The guidance and practice of islamic dream incubation through ethnographic comparison

Edgar, Iain and Henig, D. (2010) Istikhara: The guidance and practice of islamic dream incubation through ethnographic comparison. History and Anthropology, 21 (3). pp. 251-262. ISSN 0275-7206. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02757206.2010.496781

Abstract

This paper introduces and contextualizes Istikhara, Islamic dream incubation practice, as a way to approach the dynamics of Muslims’ inner and outer worlds as an interrelated process of embodied well‐being. We introduce an anthropologically informed debate on healing dreaming in Islam and Islamic healing dreaming practices. Based on our research, we discuss ethnographic examples of Istikhara as practised by British Pakistanis, Pakistanis and last but not least a case study from a corner of the Muslim world, Muslim Bosnia. We explore a shared propensity to dream, though a culturally informed one, and situate the practice into a general economy of Muslim well‐being.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Dreaming, Healing, Islam, Istikhara, Pakistan, Bosnia
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Social and Cultural Anthropology
Depositing User: Shelley Malekia
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2012 14:14
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2012 13:45
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/30517 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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