Burger Jihad: Fatal attractions at a Sufi lodge in Pakistan

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Based on a number of ‘burger episodes’ during ten days of itikaf at a Sufi lodge in Pakistan, this article discusses the difficulties of religious self-cultivation among young Muslim pilgrims from Denmark. The focus on food and eating is not only used to discuss how religious brotherhoods and spiritual kinship are created and maintained, but also becomes a prism to discuss emic conceptualizations of the nafs, the lower self, as well as how the jihad of dedicated Sufi Muslims is tested by fatal attractions of various kinds – in this case, in the guise of tasty burgers.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Muslim Minority Affairs
Pages (from-to)46-61
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016

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