Shadows of the Prophet: Martial Arts and Sufi Mysticism

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Springer Science & Business Media, Jun 5, 2009 - Social Science - 311 pages
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This is the first in-depth study of the Malay martial art, silat, and the first ethnographic account of the Haqqani Islamic Sufi Order. Drawing on 12 years of research and practice, the author provides a major contribution to the study of Malay culture.

 

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Contents

Seni Silat Haqq Melayu A Sufi Martial Art
3
Prologue
5
Deviationist Religious Cults
8
Note on Organization
10
The Fieldwork
12
The Central Questions
24
The Field of Silat
26
The Haqqani Sufi Tarekat and Seni Silat Haqq Melayu
35
Secrets of the Prayer
160
The Prayer Buah
162
Shadows of the Prophet
163
Taming the Ego
168
Doubles
172
The Guru Silat
175
The War Magician
176
The Veneration of Shaykh Nazim
189

New Age?
37
The Chapters
39
Silat Art Magic and Performance
43
Beyond Rationalism
46
Supernatural Vulnerability
49
Mysticism and the Occult
50
Malay Shamanism
54
Silat Scholarship
59
Magic in War
63
War Magic
65
The Anthropology of Performance
68
Performance and Identity
71
Embodied Magic
73
The Anthropology of Art
76
Becoming IntenseBecoming Animal
81
Echoes
85
The Performance of Enchantment
86
The Art and Aesthetics of Seni Silat Melayu
88
Weapons of Silat
90
Martial Dance
93
Hexis as Embodied Aesthetics
96
Silat Kinesthetics
98
Styles of Silat
104
PreSystematized Silat
118
Distinctive Features of Seni Silat Haqq Melayu
122
The Enchantment of Performance
133
The Malaysian HaqqaniNaqshbandi Sufi Tarekat
153
Reading the International HaqqaniNaqshbandi Sufi Tarekat
156
The Creation of Silat
192
The Sundang Ceremony
196
Social and Aesthetic Drama
199
Silat Training in London
200
Seclusion
203
Religious Orientation
212
Shadows of St Anns
218
Back to the Theatre
219
Shadows
222
Divination and Revelation
225
The Lime and Flower Baths
227
An Implicit Personality Theory
230
The Ordeal by Boiling Oil
232
Towards an Explanation
243
Deathscapes of the Malay Martial Artist
251
Deathscapes
252
The Four Corner Dance
261
The Urobos
264
The Shadow Soul
266
The Graveyard Ordeal
268
Death of a Silat Master
269
Basic Motions of Pattern Formation
271
Naqshbandi Silsilah The Golden Chain
273
Glossary
275
References
285
Index
303
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About the author (2009)

Dr. Douglas Farrer earned a doctorate in social anthropology from the National University of Singapore in the Department of Sociology in 2006. His thesis focused upon the Malay martial art, silat. Dr. Farrer has practiced martial arts since 1975 and is a qualified instructor in kung fu and silat. Dr. Farrer resided in Singapore and Malaysia from 1998 to 2007; he is currently Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at the University of Guam.

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