Knowledge and Practice in Mayotte: Local DisCourses of Islam,Sorcery and Spirit Possession / Edition 2

Knowledge and Practice in Mayotte: Local DisCourses of Islam,Sorcery and Spirit Possession / Edition 2

by Michael Lambek
     
 

ISBN-10: 0802077838

ISBN-13: 9780802077837

Pub. Date: 10/28/1993

Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

On the East African island of Mayotte, Islam co-exists with two other systems of understanding and interpreting the world around its inhabitants: cosmology and spirit-mediumship. In a witty, evocative style accessible to both the specialist and non-specialist reader, Michael Lambek provides a significant contribution to writing on African systems of thought, on

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On the East African island of Mayotte, Islam co-exists with two other systems of understanding and interpreting the world around its inhabitants: cosmology and spirit-mediumship. In a witty, evocative style accessible to both the specialist and non-specialist reader, Michael Lambek provides a significant contribution to writing on African systems of thought, on local forms of religious and therapeutic practice, on social accountability, and on the place of explicit forms of knowledge in the analysis of non-western societies.

The "objectified" textual knowledge characteristic of Islam and of cosmology is contrasted with the "embodied" knowledge of spirit possession. Lambek emphasizes the power and authority constituted by each discipline, as well as the challenge that each kind of knowledge presents to the others and their resolution in daily practice. "Disciplines" are defined as an organized body of practitioners or adepts, a concept precise and useful when applied to the contexts of Lambek's own research and equally so in the study of comparable environments elsewhere.

Essential reading for those interested in the comparative study of Islamic societies, Lambek's argument directly contributes to the main anthropological arguments of the day concerning the social and cultural basis of systems of knowledge and ethnographic strategies for depicting them.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802077837
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date:
10/28/1993
Series:
Anthropological Horizons Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
468
Product dimensions:
5.97(w) x 9.01(h) x 1.36(d)

Table of Contents

Tables and Figures
Preface
Stylistic Conventions and Conundrums
Dramatis Personae
Pt. IIntroductions
1Knowledge and Hubris3
2Locating Knowledge in Mayotte: Structure, History, and Practice31
3Village Organization and the Distribution of Knowledge68
Pt. IIThe Social Organization of Textual Knowledge
4Islam: The Perspective from the Path103
5Educating Citizens: The Reproduction of Textual Knowledge134
6Islamic Experts: Practice and Power162
Pt. IIICounterpractices: Cosmology and the Ins and Outs of Sorcery
7Knowledge with Power: The Discipline of Cosmology195
8Knowledge and Antipractice: Committing Sorcery237
9Removing Sorcery: Committing (to) the Cure266
Pt. IVEmbodied Knowledge and the Practice of Spirit Mediums
10The Reproduction of Possession: Gaining a Voice305
11Tumbu and Mohedja: Excerpts from the Healers' Practice338
12Granaries, Turtles, and the Whole Damn Thing379
Epilogue, 1992407
Notes409
Glossary437
Bibliography441
Index453

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