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Islam and the Prayer EconomyHistory and Authority in a Malian Town$
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Benjamin Soares

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780748622856

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622856.001.0001

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The Esoteric Sciences

The Esoteric Sciences

(p.127) 5 The Esoteric Sciences
Islam and the Prayer Economy

Benjamin F. Soares

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter focuses on one of the most important sources of Islamic religious authority in contemporary Mali, the disparate Islamic esoteric sciences. Considering the sociology of the knowledge and use of such practices, it shows how they are absolutely central to understandings of Islam here and, therefore, constitute an orthodoxy that has not gone uncontested.

Keywords:   Islam, Sufism, Saints, Muslim, Sufi orders, Magic, Geomancy, Divination, Secrecy, Knowledge, transmission of Religion, African Traditional

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