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Alireza Doostdar

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780691163772

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691163772.001.0001

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Crossing the Line

Crossing the Line

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(p.29) 1 Crossing the Line
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The Iranian Metaphysicals
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Alireza Doostdar

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691163772.003.0002

This chapter narrates a woman's encounter with the rammal, an occult specialist, that took her into the world of the metaphysical. The woman, Nafiseh, was a twenty-nine-year-old divorcée and an avid enthusiast of metaphysical experimentation. Nafiseh had honed her skills at lucid dreaming and claimed that she could pick up nonverbal communications from other people while asleep. She had encountered jinn on more than one occasion. She read widely on all matters related to the metaphysical and the occult, and attributed the greater part of her dedication to metaphysical inquiry to an unsetling meeting with a rammal. The chapter shows how Nafiseh discovered a new world when she crossed the line, a world filled with novel experiences, friendships, and insight. According to Nafiseh, she had learned to accept certain notions and discard others in the course of her spiritual journeys.

Keywords:   rammal, occult, metaphysical, lucid dreaming, jinn, metaphysical experimentation, metaphysical inquiry

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