Sufism and Magic
Amulets from the Islamic World
Helikon Castle Museum, Keszthely
1. Edition (2009)
Hardcover, 160 pages
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The book contains the detailed descriptions and pictures of 68 Islamic amulets and other items related to magic, in the widest sense of the word, or to mysticism. They have been selected from the collections of the Tareq Rajab Museum in Kuwait and can be dated to the 18th-20th centuries. The majority of the pieces are connected to the Sufis, the mystics of Islam who have been played a prominent role in manufacturing, using and disseminating them in this period. The author discloses the basic Sufi ideas that are manifested in the objects and shows why Sufis have been particularly been predistined to become involved in magical practices. General readers, specialists, collectors of Islamic art objects and students may equally find interest in the book.
Alexander Fodor was Professor of Arabic at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest and Corresponding Member of the Academy of Arabic Language in Cairo. He passed away in 2014.
Introduction 30 pp and 130 pp Catalogue of Objects in colour; format ca.21 x 27 cm.