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Title: Seni silat haqq: A study in Malay mysticism
Keywords: Naqshbandi, Malay silat, performance, war magic
Issue Date: 15-Dec-2006
Citation: DOUGLAS STEPHEN FARRER (2006-12-15). Seni silat haqq: A study in Malay mysticism. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Recent publications have called for magic, sorcery, and witchcraft to the re-thought as the epistemological core of anthropology. Neglecting to consider embodied war magic and the warrior shaman prior investigations have revealed only a partial view of Malay mysticism. I reconfigure the field of Malay mysticism via a performance ethnography of the transnational silat organization, Seni Silat Haqq, an offshoot of the Naqshbandi Sufi Order. Elements combined from the anthropology of art and performance provide a theoretical framework to address silat through social practice, performance and enchantment. I analyse becoming animal versus becoming a shadow of the Prophet, and explore the creation of silat through spontaneous bodily movement. Silat practitioners travelling from England to Malaysia and vice versa provide a way to test the infinity loop model of social and aesthetic drama. To chart the unseen realm I consider divination and initiation rituals and silat in relation to its deathscapes.
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