Books as Bodies and as Sacred Beings - James W Watts

Books as Bodies and as Sacred Beings - James W Watts

Embodying the Qu’ran

Books as Bodies and as Sacred Beings - James W Watts

Katharina Wilkens [+-]
Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich
Interfaculty Programme Study of Religion Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich

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Katharina Wilkens builds on her previous research on imbibing Qurʾanic verses and ideologies of reading (2012 [2017]) to describe the aesthetic ideology that governs rituals of embodying and sounding the Qurʾan as well as drinking its letters. The description of the Prophet Mohammed as “a walking Qurʾan” epitomizes the goal of Qur’anic memorization to sanctify the student by embodying the scripture. Combining these examples with a review of recent academic theories about the aesthetics of religion, Wilkens lays out the case for distinguishing semantic from aesthetic ideologies of literacy in Islamic discourse as well as in academic studies of it.

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Wilkens, Katharina. Embodying the Qu’ran. Books as Bodies and as Sacred Beings. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 25-35 Oct 2021. ISBN 9781781798850. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=38092. Date accessed: 19 Oct 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.38092. Oct 2021

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