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By Katherine Pratt Ewing

In Arguing Sainthood, Katherine Pratt Ewing examines Sufi non secular meanings and practices in Pakistan and their relation to the Westernizing impacts of modernity and the shaping of the postcolonial self. utilizing either anthropological fieldwork and psychoanalytic idea to severely reinterpret theories of subjectivity, Ewing examines the construction of id within the context of a fancy social box of conflicting ideologies and interests.
Ewing evaluations Eurocentric cultural theorists and Orientalist discourse whereas additionally taking factor with expatriate postcolonial thinkers Homi Bhabha and Gayatri Spivak. She demanding situations the suggestion of a monolithic Islamic modernity so as to discover the lived realities of people, relatively these of Pakistani saints and their fans. by means of interpreting the continuities among present Sufi practices and prior renowned practices within the Muslim global, Ewing identifies within the Sufi culture a reflexive, severe cognizance that has often been linked to the fashionable topic. Drawing on her education in scientific and theoretical psychoanalysis in addition to her anthropological fieldwork in Lahore, Pakistan, Ewing argues for the worth of Lacan in anthropology as she offers the root for retheorizing postcolonial studies.

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