Politics of Piety - the Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject

ISBN-10: 0691086958

ISBN-13: 9780691086958

Edition: 2004

Authors: Saba Mahmood

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Politics of Pietyis a groundbreaking analysis of Islamist cultural politics through the ethnography of a thriving, grassroots women's piety movement in the mosques of Cairo, Egypt. Unlike those organized Islamist activities that seek to seize or transform the state, this is a moral reform movement whose orthodox practices are commonly viewed as inconsequential to Egypt's political landscape. Saba Mahmood's compelling exposition of these practices challenges this assumption by showing how the ethical and the political are indelibly linked within the context of such movements. Not only is this book a sensitive ethnography of a critical but largely ignored dimension of the Islamic revival, it is also an unflinching critique of the secular-liberal principles by which some people hold such movements to account. The book addresses three central questions: How do movements of moral reform help us rethink the normative liberal account of politics? How does the adherence of women to the patriarchal norms at the core of such movements parochialize key assumptions within feminist theory about freedom, agency, authority, and the human subject? How does a consideration of debates about embodied religious rituals among Islamists and their secular critics help us understand the conceptual relationship between bodily form and political imaginaries?Politics of Pietyis essential reading for anyone interested in issues at the nexus of ethics and politics, embodiment and gender, and liberalism and postcolonialism.
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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 11/14/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Saba Mahmood is associate professor of anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Note on Transcription
The Subject of Freedom
Topography of the Piety Movement
Pedagogies of Persuasion
Positive Ethics and Ritual Conventions
Agency, Gender, and Embodiment
Epilogue
Glossary of Commonly Used Arabic Terms
References
Index
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