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Ibrahim al-Dasuqi (1255-1296): A Saint Invented (Suomalaisen Tiedeakatemian Toimituksia Humaniora, 333)

Helena Hallenberg

Published by Annales Academiae Scientiarum Fennicae, 2005
ISBN 10: 9514109481 / ISBN 13: 9789514109485
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Title: Ibrahim al-Dasuqi (1255-1296): A Saint ...

Publisher: Annales Academiae Scientiarum Fennicae

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition: As New

Edition: 1st Edition..


293 p. Includes: index, bibliography. How is a saint made into a saint? Who creates the legends and the biography, and to serve what purpose? In this book these questions will be answered using one case, that of a 13th-century Sufi saint Ibrahim al-Dasuqi (1255-1296) who is today considered the patron saint of Egypt. His shrine attracts large groups of visitors around his yearly festival and his Sufi order has members even in some Western countries. This book describes the biography of Ibrahim al-Dasuqi, the formation of the cult and the various motives related to the religious, economic and social history of Egypt that have contributed to his fame. We can witness the process of how Ibrahim al-Dasuqi became a saint during seven centuries of saint-making and how he is described in various roles depending on the time and writing: as a pious Sufi and a learned scholar, as one of the cosmic poles supporting the universe and surpassing the other saints, or a national hero fighting against foreign intruders, infidels and unjust tyrants. We witness the persistence of old images that connect him with gods of revival and fertility, and also how a minor family cult receives official recognition through the patronage of the Sultan. All these seemingly disconnected images are intertwined and form a meaningful whole, which, still today, is dynamic and open to new interpretations. For his supporters, the saint is still alive. 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # 9514109481FIN010715

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