Ritual Visualization of the Saint in Jewish and Muslim Mysticism

Paul B. Fenton

The conceptual principle of the efficaciousness of visualization stems from the idea that the saint, as opposed to ordinary beings, is endowed with a universal soul connected to the divine world; therefore by attaching himself to the saint, the disciple automatically connects with the divine realm and is automatically uplifted.

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Originally published in Entangled Hagiographies of the Religious Other, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2019. Republished here with thanks.

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