Bodies, Boundaries, and Spirit Possession

Moroccan Women and the Revision of Tradition

Margaret Rausch

Transcript-Verlag

Bodies, Boundaries, and Spirit Possession

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Pub Date: November 2000

ISBN: 9783933127464

275 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $40.00

Bodies, Boundaries, and Spirit Possession

Moroccan Women and the Revision of Tradition

Margaret Rausch

Transcript-Verlag

The social structures of Moroccan society have been changing in accordance with western models at an ever-growing rate. The role of Islam in sharing the burden of these changes and in narrowing the ever-expanding gap between modernity and tradition is exemplified by the folk-Islamic spirit possession practices presented in this study. By adjusting their vocation to ongoing processes of commercialization and professionalization and to the changing needs and expectations of their female clientele, traditional women seers have increasingly taken on the therapeutic task of helping women to resolve the growing number of inner and interpersonal conflicts in their daily lives.
[Rausch's] work contributes importantly to the conversations about contemporary performances of religious and gendered identities, and will find use in undergraduate and introductory courses in Anthropology, Religious Studies and Middle East and North African Studies. Deborah Kapchan, MESA Buelletin, 42/1&2 (2008)

About the Author

Margaret Rausch teaches at the Freie Universität, Berlin, specializing in the areas of folk-Islam, Islamism and women.