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Breathing Hearts: Sufism, Healing, and Anti-Muslim Racism in Germany

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Breathing Hearts

Sufism, Healing, and Anti-Muslim Racism in Germany

Nasima Selim

268 pages, 16 ills., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80539-198-2 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Not Yet Published (January 2024)

eISBN 978-1-80539-200-2 eBook Not Yet Published

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“It is a significant contribution to the field of Sufi studies as it documents some movements, such as the Tümata-Berlin, that are largely unknown to academic audiences … one of its most remarkable aspects is that it provides an interesting evaluation of Murshidat’s work in Western Europe today, an interesting and largely understudied area within Sufi studies.” • Marta Domínguez Díaz, University of St. Gallen


Sufism is known as the mystical dimension of Islam. Breathing Hearts explores this definition to find out what it means to ‘breathe well’ along the Sufi path in the context of anti-Muslim racism. It is the first book-length ethnographic account of Sufi practices and politics in Berlin and describes how Sufi practices are mobilized in healing secular and religious suffering. It tracks the Desire Lines of multi-ethnic immigrants of color, and white German interlocutors to show how Sufi practices complicate the post secular imagination of healing in Germany.

Nasima Salim is a Postdoctoral Research Associate of Anthropology at the University of Bayreuth. Nasima's work intersects medical anthropology, global health, public anthropology, and anthropology of Islam across Western Europe and South Asia. She is a breathworker, educator, researcher, and writer.

Subject: Anthropology (General)Anthropology (General)Refugee and Migration Studies
Area: Germany


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