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Learning the Elsewhere of "Inner Space" : The Affective Pedagogy of Post-Secular Sufi Healing in Germany

Title data

Selim, Nasima:
Learning the Elsewhere of "Inner Space" : The Affective Pedagogy of Post-Secular Sufi Healing in Germany.
In: Religion and Society. Vol. 11 (2020) Issue 1 . - pp. 105-119.
ISSN 2150-9301
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3167/arrs.2020.110108

Abstract in another language

How is access to the Elsewhere facilitated through affective pedagogy in a contemporary Sufi setting in Germany? This article draws analytical lessons from Inayati healing seminars that took place in the summer of 2013. Participants were instructed to feel the Elsewhere of ‘inner space’ in the material/corporeal realities by attuning to breath, sonic resonance, collective movement, and attentive listening. The affective pedagogy of the teacher extended the spatial-temporal coordinates of the Elsewhere (as framed by Mittermaier) to include ‘fleeting affects’ among its unknown elements. These pedagogic tactics entangled religious and secular life-worlds with aesthetic and therapeutic traditions. Learning to feel the unknown affects emanating from the Elsewhere in this setting aimed to provide existential resources to cope with the everyday struggles of post-secular life.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: affective pedagogy; Elsewhere; fleeting affects; Germany; healing; Inayati Sufism; post-secularity
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Chair Social and Cultural Anthropology
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies
Result of work at the UBT: No
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2021 09:47
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2021 05:37
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/67352