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Title:Muslim saints' legends in the Sudan: A functional analysis
Author:Abdelsalam, Sharafeldin
Book title:Cross rhythms: Papers in African folklore
Editors:Anyidoho, K.
Avorgbedor, D.
Domowitz, S.
City of publisher:Bloomington, IN
Publisher:Trickster Press
Geographic term:Sudan
legends (form)
poetry & literature
Abstract:Veneration of saints is a common phenomenon in the Muslim world. They occupy a very significant place in the Sudanese Systems of beliefs and practices. A saint can perform karamat (miraculous deeds), narratives, referred to in this study as saints' legends. This study, which is based on fieldwork conducted among the Sudanese community in Bloomington, Indiana, examines the legends functionally by looking at their sociocultural context as well as their content. Sections, Islamization of the country - Islamic legend lore - Conclusion. App., notes, ref.