«A truly Islamic therapy». Projects of subjectivity and society in Muslim local healing in Mozambique
«Una cura veramente islamica» Progetti di soggetto e societą nelle terapie musulmane in Mozambico
The Mozambican landscape of local therapies is characterized by a wide plurality of actors, who operate according
to different traditions of knowledge and practice. Alongside biomedicine, a dense and organized
community of traditional healers is flanked by the activities of independent and evangelical churches, that
operate also as providers of various types of treatment. Although their practice has been the object of several
studies, few contributions have focused specifically the therapies developed by Muslim healers, who are
prevalent especially in the North of the country but also, in not negligible number, in the capital Maputo.
Within this specific field, new practitioners and techniques have emerged recently, as a result of the global
trends concerning the Muslim world. Moving from the case of a clinic in which exorcism and other practices
are implemented as a way to perform a «truly Islamic therapy», I describe the main historical lines of development of Islamic practices of healing and show how each of them, well beyond their supposed common
grounds, propose a different project of subjectivity and society.
Keywords: Mozambique; traditional medicine; Muslim healers; new therapies.
Type of publication|
Vacchiano, F. (2021). «A truly Islamic therapy». Projects of subjectivity and society in Muslim local healing in Mozambique. Ricerca Folklorica, vol. 76, pp. 261 - 281
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