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The Calls of Islam
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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Note on Transliteration
  2. p. xi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-11
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  1. 1. Competing Calls in Urban Morocco
  2. pp. 12-27
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  1. 2. Nationalizing the Call: Trance, Technology, and Control
  2. pp. 28-46
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  1. 3. Our Master’s Call: The Apotheosis of Moroccan Islam
  2. pp. 47-63
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  1. 4. Summoning in Secret: Mute Letters and Veiled Writing
  2. pp. 64-80
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  1. 5. Rites of Reception
  2. pp. 81-99
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  1. 6. Trance-Nationalism, or, the Call of Moroccan Islam
  2. pp. 100-118
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  1. 7. “To Eliminate the Ghostly Element Between People”: The Call as Exorcism
  2. pp. 119-136
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 137-141
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 143-153
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  1. References
  2. pp. 155-166
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 167-173
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