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Duʿāʾ-niwīsī (lit. ‘prayer writing’ or, more idiomatically, ‘amulet making’) refers to a particular method of using written supplications in order to ward off evil, fulfil wishes and cure illnesses.

As a practice, the production and use of these amulets can be conceived of in terms of a kind of ‘faith healing’ or ‘supplication’ that rests on the belief that God’s will and other spiritual forces play a direct role in the everyday life of human being…

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Masoud Tareh and Translated by Alexander Khaleeli, “Duʿāʾ-niwīsī”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 10 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_036104>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20180110

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