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Talismans and Sigils in Islamic Magic

Liana Saif will discuss talismans in Islamic magic – so influential upon medieval and early modern talismanic, sigil or “image” magic.

This will primarily be an academic talk, covering the theory of talismans’ efficacy whereupon Arab philosophers and occultists expounded, and in particular “astral rays” theory. From here she will move into their construction, uses and prohibitions. She will touch upon the Brethren of Purity, al-Kindi and of course that extraordinarily influential grimoire, the Picatrix. Liana has an MA in Renaissance Studies, and is working on her PhD at the University of London.


Liana Saif | talks


Date and Time:

9 August 2007 at 7:15 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



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