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they are seldom studied in conjunction. Anthropologist Linda Giles (1999), for example, researched spirit culture on the East African coast and described how the spirit groups represent the people’s own and neighboring cultures: in spirit possession rituals, the trancing mediums wear clothes, eat foods

In: Narrative Cultures and the Aesthetics of Religion

, “Authoritative Scriptures,” 308; Amir Arjomand, The Shadow of God , 43; Amir Arjomand, “The Crisis of the Imamate,” 508–9. 79 See the notes following the Arabic text of the tawqīʿ for some of these references. 80 For example, the East African Khoja Shīʿī scholar Mullah Haji Mohammadjaffer Sheriff Dewji (d

In: Encounters with the Hidden Imam in Early and Pre-Modern Twelver Shīʿī Islam