Hanna Nieber: “Drinking the Written Qur’an: Scripture and Healing in Zanzibar Town”

24.09.2015

Illuminated Manuscript Walters Art Museum under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Illuminated Manuscript Walters Art Museum under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
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My PhD project “Drinking the Written Qur‟an” deals with manufacturing and drinking kombe, washed-off Qur‟anic verses to be drunk as medicine in Zanzibar. An engagement with text is central to my research: text that is dissolved / transformed in order to unfold its effect on the body. What happens to its script when the text is dissolved? What role does the particularity of Qur‟anic text play in its transformation and what exactly is maintained that facilitates healing? [...]

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