The Calls of Islam (Hardcover)
Sufis, Islamists, and Mass Mediation in Urban Morocco (Public Cultures of the Middle East and North Africa)
Indiana University Press, 9780253011367, 173pp.
Publication Date: December 25, 2013
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The sacred calls that summon believers are the focus of this study of religion and power in Fez, Morocco. Focusing on how dissemination of the call through mass media has transformed understandings of piety and authority, Emilio Spadola details the new importance of once-marginal Sufi practices such as spirit trance and exorcism for ordinary believers, the state, and Islamist movements. The Calls of Islam offers new ethnographic perspectives on ritual, performance, and media in the Muslim world.