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The Quest for ‘Disenchantment’ and the Modernization of Magic

Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift
Författare Muslim Eneborg Yusuf
Publicerad i Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations
Volym 25
Nummer/häfte 4
Sidor 419-432
ISSN 0959-6410
Publiceringsår 2014
Publicerad vid Institutionen för litteratur, idéhistoria och religion
Sidor 419-432
Språk en
Länkar dx.doi.org/10.1080/09596410.2014.89...
Ämnesord Qur'an, modernity, science, religion and magic, health, incantations (ruqya)
Ämneskategorier Religionsvetenskap, Islamologi

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The initial premise of this article is that the lasting influence of nineteenth-century Protestant liberalism on the modern conceptualization of religion has confined our understanding of a variety of traditions to a narrow evolutionary scope in which purer religious forms in line with scientific rationalism are seen as arising out of earlier impure systems akin to magic. The article presents the instrumentality of the Qur'an as an alternative lens through which to acknowledge what has often been labelled as “magic” in Islam. Recognizing that this modern conceptualization of religion has been appropriated as an ideal by Muslim modernist reformists, the article particularly intends to show that, through the use of this alternative analytical instrument, the modernist project of emancipatory “disenchantment” can be viewed as an instance of the modernization of magic just as easily as it can be seen as religious purification, the intention of this exercise being to further problematize our current distinction between religion and magic.

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