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By Katherine Pratt Ewing

In Arguing Sainthood, Katherine Pratt Ewing examines Sufi non secular 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 severely reinterpret theories of subjectivity, Ewing examines the creation of id within the context of a posh social box of conflicting ideologies and interests.
Ewing reviews Eurocentric cultural theorists and Orientalist discourse whereas additionally taking factor with expatriate postcolonial thinkers Homi Bhabha and Gayatri Spivak. She demanding situations the inspiration of a monolithic Islamic modernity on the way to discover the lived realities of people, rather these of Pakistani saints and their fans. via studying the continuities among present Sufi practices and past well known practices within the Muslim international, Ewing identifies within the Sufi culture a reflexive, severe cognizance that has frequently been linked to the trendy topic. Drawing on her education in scientific and theoretical psychoanalysis in addition to her anthropological fieldwork in Lahore, Pakistan, Ewing argues for the worth of Lacan in anthropology as she offers the foundation for retheorizing postcolonial studies.

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