Women and Demons

Women and Demons

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Drawing upon her anthropological fieldwork in various poor neighbourhoods in Cairo, the author shows the resilience of poor women in the face of poverty. Beliefs about demons that invade the body and thereby cause illness derive from 'formal' as well as 'popular' Islam. Affected women find relief in the Zar ceremony or in a session of Koran healing.There are many references in the Koran to the place, position and aquot;correctaquot; behaviour of the woman. ... 3 Reason /understanding forms the connection between the visible (natural) and the invisible (supernatural), the body and the soul, theanbsp;...

Title:Women and Demons
Author:Gerda Sengers
Publisher:BRILL - 2003


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