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Knot of the soul : madness, psychoanalysis, Islam

Author: Stefania Pandolfo
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2018. ©2018
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"Through a dual engagement with the unconscious in psychoanalysis and Islamic theological-medical reasoning, Stefania Pandolfo's unsettling and innovative book reflects on the maladies of the soul at a time of tremendous global upheaval. Drawing on in-depth historical research and testimonies of contemporary patients and therapists in Morocco, Knot of the Soul offers both an ethnographic journey through madness and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stefania Pandolfo
ISBN: 9780226464923 022646492X 9780226465081 022646508X
OCLC Number: 973880014
Description: viii, 419 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: part I. Psychiatric fragments in the aftermath of culture --
Testimony in counterpoint --
The hospital --
The Jinn and the pictogram : "the story of my life" --
The knot of the soul (and the Cervantes stage) --
Interlude. Islam and the ethics of psychoanalysis --
part II. The passage : imagination, alienation --
Taʻbīr : figuration and the "torment of life" --
The burning --
part III. The jurisprudence of the soul --
Overture : a topography of the soul in the vertigo of history --
Faqīh al-nafs : the jurist of the soul --
Shariʻa healing : "knowledge of the path to the hereafter" --
Prophetic medicine and the Ruqiya --
The jouissance of the Jinn --
The psychiatrist and the Imam --
Black bile and the intractable Jinn : threshold of the inorganic --
The argument of Shirk (idolatry) --
Extimacy : the battlefield of the Nafs --
The writing of the soul : soul choking, imagination, and pain --
Concluding movement : the passion of Zulikha, a dramaturgy of the soul.
Responsibility: Stefania Pandolfo.

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"Through a dual engagement with the unconscious in psychoanalysis and Islamic theological-medical reasoning, Stefania Pandolfo's unsettling and innovative book reflects on the maladies of the soul at a time of tremendous global upheaval. Drawing on in-depth historical research and testimonies of contemporary patients and therapists in Morocco, Knot of the Soul offers both an ethnographic journey through madness and contemporary formations of despair and a philosophical and theological exploration of the vicissitudes of the soul. Knot of the Soul moves from the experience of psychosis in psychiatric hospitals, to the visionary torments of the soul in poor urban neighborhoods, to the melancholy and religious imaginary of undocumented migration, culminating in the liturgical stage of the Qur'anic cure. Demonstrating how contemporary Islamic cures for madness address some of the core preoccupations of the psychoanalytic approach, she reveals how a religious and ethical relation to the "ordeal" of madness might actually allow for spiritual transformation. This sophisticated and evocative work illuminates new dimensions of psychoanalysis and the ethical imagination while also sensitively examining the collective psychic strife that so many communities endure today."--

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