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Amulets, Fortune-Telling, and Magic: Southeast Asia
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As employers, practitioners, and targets of magic, women in Muslim Southeast Asia are prone to appear and be conspicuous in some areas more than others. The historical and cultural background of the region can shed light on the nature and application of this magic.

When Islam came to island Southeast Asia in the eighth century, Hindu, Buddhist, and indigenous animistic beliefs and practices dominated the region. Although the Islamic faith rapidly spread thro…

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Larsen, Anne Kathrine, “Amulets, Fortune-Telling, and Magic: Southeast Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 15 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0157e>
First published online: 2009



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