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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 Prayer Economy

The Prayer Economy

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Islam and the Prayer Economy

Benjamin F. Soares

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses the development of the prayer economy, whereby gifts are exchanged for blessings, prayers, and intercession with God. It argue that certain processes of commodification have been central to the personalization of religious authority in the figures of certain Muslim religious leaders with reputations as saints who have become more privatized religious figures akin to free-floating sanctifiers in a religious economy that is more like a market.

Keywords:   Islam, Saints, Muslim, Commodification, Magic, Gifts, Commodities, Exchange, Max, Weber, Secrecy, Political Economy

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