“I will accept whatever is meant for us. I wait for that-day and night”: the search for healing at a Muslim shrine in Pakistan.
Pirani, Farida and Papadopoulos, Irena and Foster, John and Leavey, Gerard (2008) “I will accept whatever is meant for us. I wait for that-day and night”: the search for healing at a Muslim shrine in Pakistan. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 11 (4). pp. 375-386. ISSN 1367-4676
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This paper describes an ethnographic perspective on the role of a Muslim shrine in Pakistan. Most shrines in Muslim countries represent the Sufi tradition in Islam where followers seek healing and fulfilment of their wishes using Sufi saints as intermediaries. In Pakistan, the shrine of Hazrat Abdullah Shah Ashabi provides a significant religious, social, physical, and psychological resource where people engage in religious rituals, community living and healing rituals to address physical, emotional, and social ailments. In addition to the explanatory models of misfortune described by the informants, gender, poverty, availability of formal health services, and social support seem to play a significant role in emphasizing the position of the Sufi shrine in a Muslim setting.
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