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"[I]t is extremely salubrious to see the ways Islam works in the lives of ordinary people who are not politicized in their religious lives.... No other book on South Asia has material like this." --Ann Grodzins Gold

In Amma's Healing Room is a compelling study of the life and thought of a female Muslim spiritual healer in Hyderabad, South India. Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger describes Amma's practice as a form of vernacular Islam arising in a particular locality, one in which the boundaries between Islam, Hinduism, and Christianity are fluid. In the "healing room," Amma meets a diverse clientele that includes men and women, Muslim, Hindu, and Christian, of varied social backgrounds, who bring a wide range of physical, social, and psychological afflictions. Flueckiger collaborated closely with Amma and relates to her at different moments as daughter, disciple, and researcher. The result is a work of insight and compassion that challenges widely held views of religion and gender in India and reveals the creativity of a tradition often portrayed by Muslims and non-Muslims alike as singular and monolithic.

About the Author

Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger is Professor of Religion at Emory University and author of Gender and Genre in the Folklore of Middle India.

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

A Note on Transliteration

Introduction: Called to Amma's Courtyard

1. Setting the Stage: The Healing Room, Its Actors, and Its Rhythms

2. The Healing System

3. Patient Narratives in the Healing Room

4. Negotiating Gender in the Healing Room

5. Religious Identities at the Crossroads

6. Immersed in Remembrance and Song: Religious Identities, Authority, and Gender at the Sam?

Conclusion: Vernacular Islam Embedded in Relationships

Epilogue

Appendix: Death and Difference: A Conversation

Glossary

Notes

Select Bibliography

Index

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Lonerose, July 12, 2012 (view all comments by Lonerose)
Unless you are reading this book for a class or you are an anthropologist i wouldnt recommend reading this book. It is a though read, very long winded, and very dry. I wish anyone luck that has to read it for class. It does have some intersting parts in it however reading it just because, isn't something that i would do. :(
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780253218377
Subtitle:
Gender and Vernacular Islam in South India
Author:
Flueckiger, Joyce Burkhalter
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Gender Studies
Subject:
Muslim women
Subject:
Healers
Subject:
Islamic Studies
Subject:
Muslim women - India - Hyderabad (District)
Subject:
Healers - India - Hyderabad (District)
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Anthropology; Asia; Gender; Hinduism; Islam; Religion; South Asia
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Publication Date:
20060426
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
22 bandw photos, 1 figures, 1 index
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.24 x 6.32 x 0.92 in

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