Knot of the Soul

Knot of the Soul

Knot of the Soul moves from the experience of psychosis in psychiatric hospitals, to the visionary torments of the soul in poor urban neighborhoods, to the melancholy and religious imaginary of undocumented migration, culminating in the ...

Author: Stefania Pandolfo

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226465111

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

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Through a dual engagement with the unconscious in psychoanalysis and Islamic theological-medical reasoning, Stefania Pandolfo’s unsettling and innovative book reflects on the maladies of the soul at a time of tremendous global upheaval. Drawing on in-depth historical research and testimonies of contemporary patients and therapists in Morocco, Knot of the Soul offers both an ethnographic journey through madness and contemporary formations of despair and a philosophical and theological exploration of the vicissitudes of the soul. Knot of the Soul moves from the experience of psychosis in psychiatric hospitals, to the visionary torments of the soul in poor urban neighborhoods, to the melancholy and religious imaginary of undocumented migration, culminating in the liturgical stage of the Qur’anic cure. Demonstrating how contemporary Islamic cures for madness address some of the core preoccupations of the psychoanalytic approach, she reveals how a religious and ethical relation to the “ordeal” of madness might actually allow for spiritual transformation. This sophisticated and evocative work illuminates new dimensions of psychoanalysis and the ethical imagination while also sensitively examining the collective psychic strife that so many communities endure today.
Categories: Social Science

American Journal of Islam and Society AJIS Volume 39 Issues 1 2

American Journal of Islam and Society  AJIS    Volume 39 Issues 1 2

See Stefania Pandolfo , Knot of the Soul : Madness , Psychoanalysis , Islam ( Chicago : University of Chicago Press , 2018 ) . For how I approach Pandolfo's broader recasting of psychoanalysis and Islam , see Ali Altaf Mian , “ The Play ...

Author: Ali Altaf Mian

Publisher: International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT)


Category: Religion

Page: 224

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The four articles, two review essays, various book reviews, and obituary contained in this issue all revolve around contestations of Islamic authority. Notably, two of these articles are drawn from the AJIS symposium on Maqāṣid whose first set of essays were featured in the previous issue (38:3-4) dedicated to the topic. In the first article, “Agents of Grace,” Ali Altaf Mian develops a sophisticated and nuanced reading of “intentionality” in the work of the moral theologian al-Ghazali. Mian reads the latter’s work to disclose ethical action as a site of contingency and ambivalence, indeed of the subject’s “non-sovereignty.” He contributes this theorization of intentionality as a constructive critique of accounts of ethical agency in the anthropology of Islam. In the second article, “No Scholars in the West,” Emily Goshey carefully unpacks the ostensible paradox by which Western Salafis who studied in the Muslim world are not seen as “scholars” by the very communities they lead. What then comprises religious authority and scholarship within these models of knowledge transmission? Goshey tracks the dynamics of scholarship and community leadership based on fieldwork with African American Salafi affiliate communities in Philadelphia. In the third article, “Maqāṣidi Models for an ‘Islamic’ Medical Ethics,” Aasim Padela presents a typology of maqāṣid-based approaches to medical ethics. Whether requiring a field-based redefinition, a conceptual extension, or a text-based postulation of the classical maqāṣid theory, however, Padela shows that these frameworks remain woefully underdeveloped to offer appropriate and sufficient guidance for pressing bedside cases. In the fourth article, “Developing an Ethic of Justice,” Thahir Jamal Kiliyamannil offers a creative rereading of new Muslim movements in South India. Rather than relying on old typologies about political Islam or secularized activists, he considers the Solidarity Youth Movement to articulate an Islamic ethic of justice inspired by Abul A’la Maududi. This case study shows not only how the maqāṣid framework may inform discourses well beyond the domains of legal practice, but also how this specific articulation of political justice is based in the praxis of the Indian Muslim minority. These four articles and the remaining elements of the issue foreground contemporary contestations of Islamic authority. Read together, they also offer a set of terms for thinking productively about its contours, limits, affordances, and possibilities.
Categories: Religion

Psychoanalysis Under Occupation

Psychoanalysis Under Occupation

For some examples, see Omnia El Shakry, The Arabic Freud: Psychoanalysis and Islam in Modern Egypt (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2017) and Stefania Pandalfo, Knot of the Soul: Madness, Psychoanalysis, Islam (Chicago, ...

Author: Lara Sheehi

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429947261

Category: Political Science

Page: 232

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Heavily influenced by Frantz Fanon and critically engaging the theories of decoloniality and liberatory psychoanalysis, Lara Sheehi and Stephen Sheehi platform the lives, perspectives, and insights of psychoanalytically inflected Palestinian psychologists, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals, centering the stories that non-clinical Palestinians have entrusted to them over four years of community engagement with clinicians throughout historic Palestine. Sheehi and Sheehi document the stories of Palestinian clinicians in relation to settler colonialism and violence but, even more so, in relation to their patients, communities, families, and one another (as a clinical community). In doing so, they track the appearance of settler colonialism as a psychologically extractive process, one that is often effaced by discourses of "normalization," "trauma," "resilience," and human rights, with the aid of clinicians, as well as psychoanalysis. Psychoanalysis Under Occupation: Practicing Resistance in Palestine unpacks the intersection of psychoanalysis as a psychological practice in Palestine, while also advancing a set of therapeutic theories in which to critically engage and "read" the politically complex array of conditions that define life for Palestinians living under Israeli occupation.
Categories: Political Science

The Arabic Freud

The Arabic Freud

Psychoanalysis and Islam in Modern Egypt Omnia El Shakry ... In Dreaming across Boundaries: The Interpretation of Dreams in Islamic Lands, edited by Louise Marlow, 142–52. ... Knot of the Soul: Madness, Psychoanalysis, Islam.

Author: Omnia El Shakry

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691203102

Category: History

Page: 224

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Omnia El Shakry challenges the notion of a strict divide between psychoanalysis and Islam by tracing how postwar thinkers in Egypt blended psychoanalytic theories with concepts from classical Islamic thought in a creative encounter of ethical engagement. Drawing on scholarly writings as well as popular literature on self-healing, El Shakry provides the first in-depth examination of psychoanalysis in Egypt and reveals how a new science of psychology - or "science of the soul," as it came to be called - was inextricably linked to Islam and mysticism. She explores how Freudian ideas of the unconscious were crucial to the formation of modern discourses of subjectivity in areas as diverse as psychology, Islamic philosophy, and the law.
Categories: History

Islamic Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Islam

Islamic Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Islam

Pandolfo, Stefania. 2009. '“Soul Choking”: Maladies of the Soul, Islam, and the Ethics of Psychoanalysis'. UMBR(a): A Journal of Unconscious 1: 71–103. Pandolfo, Stefania. 2017. Knot of the Soul: Madness, Psychiatry, Islam.

Author: Ian Parker

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429657238

Category: Psychology

Page: 174

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This pioneering volume brings together scholars and clinicians working at the intersection of Islam and psychoanalysis to explore both the connections that link these two traditions, as well as the tensions that exist between them. Uniting authors from a diverse range of traditions and perspectives, including Freudian, Jungian, Lacanian, Object-Relations, and Group-Analytic, the book creates a dialogue through which several key questions can be addressed. How can Islam be rendered amenable to psychoanalytic interpretation? What might an ‘Islamic psychoanalysis’ look like that accompanies and questions the forms of psychoanalysis that developed in the West? And what might a ‘psychoanalytic Islam’ look like that speaks for, and perhaps even transforms, the forms of truth that Islam produces? In an era of increasing Islamophobia in the West, this important book identifies areas where clinical practice can be informed by a deeper understanding of contemporary Islam, as well as what it means to be a Muslim today. It will appeal to trainees and practitioners of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, as well as scholars interested in religion and Islamic studies.
Categories: Psychology

The Bloomsbury Handbook of World Theory

The Bloomsbury Handbook of World Theory

Omnia El Shakry, The Arabic Freud: Psychoanalysis and Islam in Modern Egypt (Princeton: Princeton University Press, ... Knot of the Soul: Madness, Psychoanalysis, Islam (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2018).

Author: Jeffrey R. Di Leo

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501361968

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 528

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Disciplines from literary studies to environmentalism have recently undergone a spectacular reorientation that has refocused entire fields, methodologies, and vocabularies on the world and its sister terms such as globe, planet, and earth. The Bloomsbury Handbook of World Theory examines what “world” means and what it accomplishes in different zones of academic study. The contributors raise questions such as: What happens when “world” is appended to a particular form of humanistic or scientific inquiry? How exactly does “worlding” bear on the theoretical operating system and the history of that field? What is the theory or theoretical model that allows “world” to function in a meaningful way in coordination with that knowledge domain? With contributions from 38 leading theorists from a vast range of fields, including queer studies, religion, and pop culture, this is the first large reference work to consider the profound effect, both within and outside the academy, of the worlding of discourse in the 21st century.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Islam Migration and Jinn

Islam  Migration and Jinn

Knot of the Soul: Madness, Psychoanalysis, Islam. Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2018. Perho, Irmeli. The Prophet's Medicine: A Creation of the Muslim Traditionalist Scholars. Helsinki: Finnish Oriental Society, 1995.

Author: Annabelle Böttcher

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030612474

Category: Political Science

Page: 259

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This book explores the agency of Jinn, the so-called “demons of Islam”. They are regarded as mostly invisible and highly mobile creatures. In a globalized world with manifold forms of forced and voluntary migrations, Jinn are likewise on the move, interfering in the human world and affecting the mental and physical health of Muslims. This continuous challenge has so far been mainly addressed by traditional Muslim health management and by the so-called spiritual medicine or medicine of the Prophet. This book shifts perspective. Its interdisciplinary chapters deal with the transformation of manifold cultural resources by first analyzing the doctrinal and cultural history of Jinn and the treatment of Jinn affliction in Arabic texts and other sources. It then discusses case studies of Muslims and current health management approaches in the Middle East, namely in Egypt and Syria. Finally, it turns to the role of Jinn in a number of migratory settings such as Spain, Denmark, Great Britain and Guantanamo.
Categories: Political Science

Knowledge Authority and Change in Islamic Societies

Knowledge  Authority and Change in Islamic Societies

Notes on the Jinn and the Ghoul in the Peasant Mind of Lower Egypt. Bulletin of the School of African and Oriental Studies 3 (3): 421–26. Pandolfo, Stefania (2018). Knot of the Soul: Madness, Psychoanalysis, Islam.

Author: Allen James Fromherz

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004443341

Category: Social Science

Page: 324

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Senior scholars of Islamic studies and the anthropology of Islam gather in this volume to pay tribute to one of the giants of the field, Dale F. Eickelman.
Categories: Social Science

All Religion Is Inter Religion

All Religion Is Inter Religion

As it turns out, late 2017 and 2018 witnessed a plethora of pathbreaking work on Islamic esoterica, the jinn, magic, ... Stefania Pandolfo's Knot of the Soul: Madness, Psychoanalysis, Islam (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, ...

Author: Kambiz GhaneaBassiri

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350062238

Category: Religion

Page: 320

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All Religion Is Inter-Religion analyses the ways inter-religious relations have contributed both historically and philosophically to the constructions of the category of “religion” as a distinct subject of study. Regarded as contemporary classics, Steven M. Wasserstrom's Religion after Religion (1999) and Between Muslim and Jew (1995) provided a theoretical reorientation for the study of religion away from hierophanies and ultimacy, and toward lived history and deep pluralism. This book distills and systematizes this reorientation into nine theses on the study of religion. Drawing on these theses--and Wasserstrom's opus more generally--a distinguished group of his colleagues and former students demonstrate that religions can, and must, be understood through encounters in real time and space, through the complex relations they create and maintain between people, and between people and their pasts. The book also features an afterword by Wasserstrom himself, which poses nine riddles to students of religion based on his personal experiences working on religion at the turn of the twenty-first century.
Categories: Religion

Fires of Gold

Fires of Gold

... Knot of the Soul: Madness, Psychoanalysis, Islam (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2018). 2. Abdellah Hammoudi, who grew up in Morocco, shared with me that it is common knowledge across North Africa that jinn can be ...

Author: Lauren Coyle Rosen

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520974739

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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Fires of Gold is a powerful ethnography of the often shrouded cultural, legal, political, and spiritual forces governing the gold mining industry in Ghana, one of Africa’s most celebrated democracies. Lauren Coyle Rosen argues that significant sources of power have arisen outside of the formal legal system to police, adjudicate, and navigate conflict in this theater of violence, destruction, and rebirth. These authorities, or shadow sovereigns, include the transnational mining company, collectivized artisanal miners, civil society advocacy groups, and significant religious figures and spiritual forces from African, Islamic, and Christian traditions. Often more salient than official bodies of government, the shadow sovereigns reveal a reconstitution of sovereign power—one that, in many ways, is generated by hidden dimensions of the legal system. Coyle Rosen also contends that spiritual forces are central in anchoring and animating shadow sovereigns as well as key forms of legal authority, economic value, and political contestation. This innovative book illuminates how the crucible of gold, itself governed by spirits, serves as a critical site for embodied struggles over the realignment of the classical philosophical triad: the city, the soul, and the sacred.
Categories: Social Science