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This study explores the ways in which objects are used in the organization of daily life, by specifically focusing on the use of prayer beads and their mechanical and digital variations. For this purpose, a framework based on material culture and practice theory is employed to understand how Islam informs and guides the organization and the conduct of daily life around the pervasive prayer practices, the ways objects are used for these purposes and how practices and products co-evolve by influencing each other. Fieldwork with devout Muslims, who are using prayer beads together with mechanical and digital counters for their daily praying practices, is conducted by employing ethnomethodology. Findings on the ways in which objects are used, utilized, appropriated and adopted within the socio-cultural and political dynamics of Islam in Turkey are analysed regarding the social and practical aspects of daily life such as the organization of daily life and daily practices, the core issues shaping these practices, thus objects, how identity discourse reflected on/by the use of objects and the ensemble of products that is orchestrated for a meaningful organization of daily life around prayer practices. Keywords : objects for worshipping, use of objects, prayer practices, counting prayers, prayer beads, tespih, zikirmatik, some daily Islamic tarika practices and daily life, organization of daily life, material culture of prayer practices


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D. Tönük, “The practice of counting prayers: use of tespih and zikirmatik in everyday life in Turkey,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2011.