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Majnūn: The Madman in Medieval Islamic Society$
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Michael W. Dols

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198202219

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202219.001.0001

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The Practice of Magic in Healing

The Practice of Magic in Healing

(p.274) 10 The Practice of Magic in Healing
Majnūn: The Madman in Medieval Islamic Society

Michael W. Dols

Diana E. Immisch

Oxford University Press

This chapter reflects on the use of Islamic magic in therapeutic healing. Historical instances of Muslim exorcism substantiate the theoretical discussions of magic. There are, however, no exorcisms in the Qur'an that are comparable to the acts of Jesus in the New Testament. Evidence of the currency of magical practices during the early medieval period may be found in the description of the Muslim world by al-Mas'iidl (d. ad 956), a near contemporary of Ibn an-Nadlm, who also produced a bibliographic account of magic.

Keywords:   therapeutic healing, Islamic magic, al-Mas'iidl, exorcism, Muhammad, sorcery

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