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Katherine Pratt Ewing

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25 Oct 1997
In "Arguing Sainthood", Katherine Pratt Ewing examines Sufi religious meanings and practices in Pakistan, and their relation to the westernising influences of modernity and the shaping of the postcolonial self. Using both anthropological fieldwork and psychoanalytic theory to critically reinterpret theories of subjectivity, Ewing examines the production of identity in the context of a complex social field of conflicting ideologies and interests. Ewing critiques Eurocentric cultural theorists and Orientalist discourse, while also taking issue with expatriate postcolonial thinkers Homi Bhabha and Gayatri Spivak. She challenges the notion of a monolithic Islamic modernity in order to explore the lived realities of individuals, particularly those of Pakistani saints and their followers. By examining the continuities between current sufi practices and earlier popular practices in the Muslim world, Ewing identifies in the Sufi tradition a reflexive, critical consciousness that has usually been associated with the modern subject. Drawing on her training in clinical and theoretical psychoanalysis, as well as her anthropological fieldwork in Lahore, Pakistan, Ewing argues for the value of Lacan in anthropology as she provides the basis for retheorising postcolonial studies. "Arguing Sainthood" offers a complex understanding of Islamic influence and practice in relation to Pakistan's position as an autonomous nation. It will interest scholars of Islamic studies, postcolonial studies, and anthropology.

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Arguing Sainthood can and should be used in courses on modernity, postcolonialism, the Middle East, South Asia, and in other courses - cultural studies, religion where Lacanian ideas are not unfamiliar. -- Michael M. J. Fischer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

This is an important book, one that is significant for the discourses of Pakistani modernity and the dilemmas it creates, the internal differentiations in Pakistani society, and the historical forces that brought them about. -- Gananath Obeyesekere, Princeton University

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Katherine Pratt Ewing is Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University.

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