By Katherine Pratt Ewing

In Arguing Sainthood, Katherine Pratt Ewing examines Sufi spiritual meanings and practices in Pakistan and their relation to the Westernizing affects of modernity and the shaping of the postcolonial self. utilizing either anthropological fieldwork and psychoanalytic concept to significantly reinterpret theories of subjectivity, Ewing examines the creation of id within the context of a posh social box of conflicting ideologies and interests.
Ewing evaluations Eurocentric cultural theorists and Orientalist discourse whereas additionally taking factor with expatriate postcolonial thinkers Homi Bhabha and Gayatri Spivak. She demanding situations the proposal of a monolithic Islamic modernity in an effort to discover the lived realities of people, rather these of Pakistani saints and their fans. by way of analyzing the continuities among present Sufi practices and past renowned practices within the Muslim international, Ewing identifies within the Sufi culture a reflexive, severe realization that has frequently been linked to the fashionable topic. Drawing on her education in scientific and theoretical psychoanalysis in addition to her anthropological fieldwork in Lahore, Pakistan, Ewing argues for the price of Lacan in anthropology as she offers the foundation for retheorizing postcolonial studies.

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