The Islamic World of Spirits: Myths or Reality?

15 Pages Posted: 22 Dec 2013

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Chembea Athuman

Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS)

Date Written: December 20, 2013

Abstract

Debate on the existence of and belief in spirits has elicited research from across the scholarship divide. From the medical to religious, theological to anthropological perspectives, however, there does not seem to be a consensus on this subject. Taking the religious viewpoint, this paper discusses the contours of Islamic teachings and how Muslims negotiate the belief in spirits in their daily lives. The discussion seeks to examine the belief in spirits as contested space, a means of spiritual promotion, and a mode of transmission of knowledge and values. From the different and competing views among Muslim groups, the paper discusses the general perception of the world of spirits in the Islamic cosmos as entrenched in the Quran and traditions of Prophet Muhammad. This would help us understand both the Islamic teachings on the world of spirits and how this belief influences the individual Muslim adherent and to add to the existing literature on spirit beliefs.

Keywords: Angels, Spirits, Belief

Suggested Citation

Chembea, Suleiman, The Islamic World of Spirits: Myths or Reality? (December 20, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2370442 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2370442

Suleiman Chembea (Contact Author)

Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS) ( email )

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Bayreuth, D-95447
Germany

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