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a biography that idealizes or idolizes the person (especially a person who is a saint)

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Along the way he focuses on four large developments: first, "diversification"--the expansion of Sufi literary vehicles, breadth of themes discussed, and theoretical complexity; second, "institutionalization"--the proliferation of organizational structures; third, "sanctification"--the increasing importance of exemplars and embodiments of spiritual authority, especially as evidenced in multiplication of tomb-shrines and various forms of hagiographical literature; and finally, "vernacularization"--the increasing importance of literature across many genres in regional languages, thus rendering Arabic less exclusively "canonical.
Agnes refuses the marriage offer as an attempt on her body in accordance with the Christian favouring of virginity as the superior Christian state, and as is typical for stories of virgin martyrs, it is the virgin herself who refuses the offer, and not her parents as would be the typical procedure for arranging a marriage, with the parents discussing the details of the contract or refusing it (in some hagiographical stories it was the parents who entreated the virgin to marry a pagan).
Representations of Pilate during the thirteenth century were greatly influenced by the growing number of devotional, apocryphal and hagiographical texts.
Associated ever after with the Pentecost miracle account in Acts 2, xenoglossia serves at once to facilitate the spread of Christianity and to mark its recipients as divine vessels, both of which functions Cooper-Rompato finds operative in the hagiographical literature that she interrogates in the book's first half.
While Walter Salles's 2004 movie, The Motorcycle Diaries, popularized Guevara's first trip in the 1950s as a journey of self-discovery at the personal and ideological levels, from young Ernesto to revolutionary Che, the travelogues analyzed by the different authors reveal a more complicated, far less hagiographical picture--and, for that reason, a much more human and compelling perspective.
While this traditional political philosophy is not elucidated, the use of the phrase "social contract" seems most likely to indicate that it consists of the half-digested Locke typically associated with hagiographical accounts of the American Revolution and the Founding Fathers of the United States.
Needless to say, this approach will predictably infuriate those who view Foucault with what is attacked here as the currently orthodox hagiographical one-eyed vision.
The worshipper--for this is a temple--must wrap his feet in blue plastic bags and shuffle past hagiographical displays of the president's school books (excellent grades
This document is, therefore, an integral part of a specific and ancient European hagiographical tradition whereby priests wrote about individuals with whom they were acquainted, particularly--but not always--women who demonstrated exceptional spiritual gifts.
I have spent much of my time in Buddhist Studies examining various hagiographies and hagiographical fragments of the Buddha's life, have encountered the hundreds of references to his physique that Powers refers to, and other than the obvious concern with his marks of a Great Man that are striking in their unusualness, I have rarely given his masculinity more than cursory consideration.
Although it is hagiographical at times, one cannot fault Cooper's enthusiasm for The Bard.
Arguments abound not only about the veracity of this hagiographical account, but also about the place of his birth in Spain (was it Toledo or Tudela?
Indeed, what we have here is a series of erudite reflections on a dizzying range of disparate written sources, philosophical, literary, poetic, and hagiographical, as well as on visual art and film.
As such, [this folk identity] differed significantly from the character of the medieval Sava the wonder-worker," whose hagiographical portrait was painted and sponsored by the spiritual and ruling elites of the Nemanjic dynasty and their descendants.
Francis of Assisi and Fra Ginepro, Kleinberg demonstrates both how hagiographical texts reiterated official doctrine, as in Bonaventura's Legenda maior, and how they presented radical challenges to that doctrine, as in the remembrances of Francis's life found in the Legend of the Three Companions.