9780253218377

In Amma's Healing Room

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  • ISBN13:

    9780253218377

  • ISBN10:

    0253218373

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-04-01
  • Publisher: Indiana Univ Pr

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Summary

"[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 GoldIn 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.

Author Biography

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

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Acknowledgments xv
A Note on Transliteration xix
Introduction: Called to Amma's Courtyard 1(35)
Setting the Stage: The Healing Room, Its Actors, and Its Rhythms
36(28)
The Healing System
64(42)
Patient Narratives in the Healing Room
106(30)
Negotiating Gender in the Healing Room
136(32)
Religious Identities at the Crossroads
168(33)
Immersed in Remembrance and Song: Religious Identities, Authority, and Gender at the Sama
201(34)
Conclusion: Vernacular Islam Embedded in Relationships 235(6)
Epilogue 241(10)
Appendix: Death and Difference: A Conversation 251(4)
Glossary 255(4)
Notes 259(16)
Select Bibliography 275(10)
Index 285

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