A Doorway to the Divine: Islamic Bodies and the Sufi Saints as Connecting the Living to the Dead
A historian of the Islamic world, France, and medicine from McMaster University will give a free public lecture on Thursday, 6 April at 5:30 p.m. in Smathers Library 100 on the UF campus.
Ellen Amster will discuss the role of the bodies of saints in healing the living in pre-colonial Morocco. For Muslim pilgrims visiting the tombs of the saints, these holy bodies offered cures by linking heaven and earth. These traditions and beliefs were challenged by French colonialism and notions of science in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.
This event is the seventh in an eight-part series called Death: Confronting the Great Divide, during which internationally renowned scholars and filmmakers explore unique cultural and historical confrontations with death. The lecture is also a part of the Harn Eminent Scholar Lecture Series (HESCAH) sponsored by the UF School of Art + Art History.