The failed image and the possessed: examples of invisibility in visual anthropology and Islam

  title={The failed image and the possessed: examples of invisibility in visual anthropology and Islam},
  author={Christian Suhr},
  journal={Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute},
  • Christian Suhr
  • Published 1 May 2015
  • Art
  • Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
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