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Magic in the ḥadīths
University of Helsinki.
2012 (English)In: Orientalia Suecana, ISSN 0078-6578, Vol. 61, no Supplement, 183-193 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The ḥadīths reporting on the incident where the Prophet was bewitched vary significantly in detail. An analysis of the details reveals varying attitudes towards magic in the Muslim community portrayed in the ḥadīths. The efficacy of magic was recognised but according to some ḥadīths, God’s power was sufficient to counter the power of magic whereas according to other ḥadīths, protective spells were necessary tools to ensure that an act of witchcraft lost its power to do harm. In the ḥadīths magic is seen as a power distinct from God, whereas in the Qurʾān magic is a power that is ultimately subject to God’s will.

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Uppsala, 2012. Vol. 61, no Supplement, 183-193 p.
Keyword [en]
Hadith, magic, spell, ritual, reponse to magic
National Category
Languages and Literature
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-203149OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-203149DiVA: diva2:635266
Available from: 2013-07-03 Created: 2013-07-03 Last updated: 2013-07-04Bibliographically approved

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