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No Ordinary Fanatics:” Islam, Ecstasy, and Respectability in Turn-of-the-Century New York City

Right now, I am work­ing on a project on Sufis who per­formed an ecsta­t­ic wor­ship ser­vice in Madi­son Square Gar­den in 1892, and why and how they offend­ed every­one (from con­tem­po­rary news­pa­pers to the Ottoman con­sul in the Unit­ed States). My next project will be on good sex and direct expe­ri­ences with the divine, and the long tra­di­tion of con­nect­ing sex­u­al, reli­gious and polit­i­cal reform and rad­i­cal­ism in the Unit­ed States.

 

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