This chapter examines another path for confronting the rammal's uncanniness, one that strives to sublimate it under the sign of science. It also analyzes some of the contours of this scientized orientation toward the metaphysical and how it may be combined with the playfulness that the indeterminacy of the occult enables. The chapter focuses on a young woman named Mersedeh, and how she fashioned a professional persona as a rammal—or a prayer writer, as she preferred to call herself—by appropriating the knowledge and power of those she deemed “traditional” rammals and at the same time distancing herself from them. More specifically, it considers five aspects of Mersedeh's self-fashioning: her aesthetics of self-presentation, what she thought of the scientific basis of sorcery, her relationship to Islam, the therapeutic ecology within which she placed her practice, and her avowed skepticism about the usefulness of sorcery.
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