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This chapter presents the remarks inspired by a particular phenomenon that occurs with remarkable obstinacy in Islamic hagiography. Besides being struck by it, the authors motivation for the chapter lies in the thought that it marks an issue that is of larger concernif there is something larger than the legends of saintsand points towards religious imagination in the widest sense. He explains what makes him use such a sweeping expression. But not without mentioning that the title of the chapter could also be Imagination and Obedience. And not without telling a few stories. The first is taken from a famous collection of tales about Jalaluddin Rūmī.

Keywords: Islamic hagiography; Jalaluddin Rūmī; religious imagination



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