Islamic exorcism and the cinema fist: analyzing exorcism among Danish Muslims through the prism of film

  title={Islamic exorcism and the cinema fist: analyzing exorcism among Danish Muslims through the prism of film},
  author={Christian Suhr},
  journal={Contemporary Islam},
In this article I apply film theory as an analytic prism through which to examine the ritual mechanisms of a particular kind of Islamic exorcism (al-ruqya al-sharʿiyya). I show how these exorcisms operate as a ritual montage that conjures the absent presence of al-ghayb—a hidden world of power that only God can see in its totality and to which the possessed patients and the jinn spirits must succumb. These exorcisms thus provide healing, not in the sense of immediate “well-being” or “relief… 
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