Sheila Blair
Sheila S. Blair is Norma Jean Calderwood University Professor of Islamic and Asian Art at Boston College and Hamad Bin Khalifa Endowed Chair in Islamic Art at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Blair, Sheila
Blair, Sheila
United States of America
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Description: Agents of Faith: Votive Objects in Time and Place
For Muslims, God is omnipotent, the ultimate wielder of power, who is described in the opening sura (chapter) of the Qur’an as Lord of the Worlds, the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy, and Master of the Day of Judgment.Encyclopaedia of the Qur’an, ed. Jane Damen McAuliffe (Leiden: Brill, 2001–2006), s.v. “Power and Impotence,” by Alexander Knysh. This translation of the sura is taken from the recent one by M. A. S. Abdel Haleem, available on Oxford Islamic Studies Online but slightly adapted for American spelling and word order. Many Muslims also accord the power of intercession (shafā‘a) to God’s angels and the Prophet Muhammad, and some Muslims extend it to other prophets and saints, chosen people who came to be known as God’s “friends” (awlīya, sing,...
PublisherBard Graduate Center
Related print edition pages: pp.225-239