Istikhara: The Guidance and Practice of Islamic Dream Incubation Through Ethnographic Comparison

  title={Istikhara: The Guidance and Practice of Islamic Dream Incubation Through Ethnographic Comparison},
  author={Iain R. Edgar and David Henig},
  journal={History and Anthropology},
  pages={251 - 262}
This paper introduces and contextualizes Istikhara, Islamic dream incubation practice, as a way to approach the dynamics of Muslims’ inner and outer worlds as an interrelated process of embodied well‐being. We introduce an anthropologically informed debate on healing dreaming in Islam and Islamic healing dreaming practices. Based on our research, we discuss ethnographic examples of Istikhara as practised by British Pakistanis, Pakistanis and last but not least a case study from a corner of the… 

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