The Boutchichi order and the Politics of Jouissance

Middle East Studies Online Journal- ISSN 2109-9618- Issue n°6. Volume 3 ( Summer 2011)

Etudes  du Moyen-Orient. N°6. Volume 3. ( Eté 2011)

.2011دراسات الشرق الأوسط، مجلة فكرية محكمة. العدد السادس . المجلد الثالث صيف


Dr. Abdelilah Bouasria*

Abstract: Many observers claim the disappearance of the private sphere on the ground that it had become more inhabited. What is in fact happening is the disappearance of public life as we came to know it (politicization of issues, dominant discourses…) in the sense that public issues are leaving their space to more personalized problems of natural/personal nature. The two most predominant trends in nowadays global matrix are bio-political regulation and Jouissance as suffering. The former trend aims at securing the individual’s “happiness” meanwhile the second one generates a wave of self-control by the individual actors in the public space. This paper explores the case of the Boutchichi Sufi order in Morocco and seeks to answer the following question: by what process does Sufi meditation produce jouissance?

Keywords: Sufism, politics, Morocco, jouissance, bio politics, Boutchichi, Islam


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* Dr. Abdelilah Bouasria is a professor of Arab Studies at ICLS in Washington DC and the author of Master and Disciple (Author house: 2007) and Mamlakat al Qaht (Nadacom: 2006) and several other articles. He received his PhD in political science from American University in Washington DC and his Masters in international relations from Sussex University in the UK, and his from McGill University in Canada. He speaks six languages and is working on a book on Sufism in Morocco.



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