‘Watching myself in the mirror, I saw ‘Ali in my eyes’

On Sufi Visual and Material Practice in the Balkans
Sara Kuehn

During the ritual evocations and bodily manifestations of dhikr, the melodic nature of the recitation of special prayers (wird) and of the Quran is gradually amplified to increase and intensify the emotional impact and the transformative effects and implications of the performance. Immersed within structures of repetition, the rhythmic soundscape of collective recitation operates as the generator of shared partaking.

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From the book Religious Materiality in the Early Modern World, published by Amsterdam University Press, 2019. This chapter republished here with thanks.

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