Supplicating, naming, offering: Tawassul in West Java

@article{Millie2007SupplicatingNO,
  title={Supplicating, naming, offering: Tawassul in West Java},
  author={Julian Millie},
  journal={Journal of Southeast Asian Studies},
  year={2007},
  volume={39},
  pages={107 - 122}
}
  • J. Millie
  • Published 11 December 2007
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Southeast Asian Studies
Abstract The tawassul is a ritual invocation popularly used in West Java at grave visits and in other Islamic observances. In simple terms, it consists of two acts; the naming of figures who are considered as mediators (wasilah) between a supplicant and Allah, and the making of an offering for the benefit of the mediator. Participants in tawassul hold contrasting understandings of what is achieved by performing it. Furthermore, the invocation is easily adapted for diverse settings while… 
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