Based on an analysis of Scene 7 in the accompanying film, the third chapter
discusses how young Muslims use the increasing number of jinn exorcisms on
YouTube as a form of entertainment, but also as a way of cultivating an
awareness and an ethical disposition of the self in confrontation with the
invisible. The chapter explores how these exorcisms produce doubt and
discuss the ways in which doubt is an integral part of these young Muslims’
practices of faith. In addition the chapter explores how the recurrent
discussion of the value of images in anthropology could find new answers by
examining the way these Muslims use and respond to visual media. The chapter
concludes by discussing the peculiar resemblance between the visual display
of photographic images and the bodies of people possessed by invisible jinn.
Like the possessed body, the image as a failed example or model of reality
makes certain things visible, but simultaneously amplifies the sense of
invisibility, pointing toward that which cannot be seen, depicted visually,
or represented in writing.
This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book shows the undeniable contribution and the limits of the biopower theory in the understanding of dead bodies en masse. It talks about the fact that criminology has for so long ignored mass crime, even though the link between the corpse and the criminal is one of the fundamentals of the discipline. The book addresses the issue of the practical and symbolic treatment of corpses by societies affected by mass violence. It shows how working ideologies along with historical legacy and geographical landscapes determined the disposal of the bodies. The book examines the simultaneously diplomatic and medicolegal nature of the activities of the French Search Commission for Corpses of Deportees in Germany. It also draws on German archives to describe the various modalities of treatment of corpses in Croatia.