Dreams That Matter: Egyptian Landscapes of the Imagination / Edition 1

Dreams That Matter: Egyptian Landscapes of the Imagination / Edition 1

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by Amira Mittermaier
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520258509

ISBN-13: 9780520258501

Pub. Date: 12/16/2010

Publisher: University of California Press

Dreams that Matter explores the social and material life of dreams in contemporary Cairo. Amira Mittermaier guides the reader through landscapes of the imagination that feature Muslim dream interpreters who draw on Freud, reformists who dismiss all forms of divination as superstition, a Sufi devotional group that keeps a diary of dreams related to its shaykh

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Dreams that Matter explores the social and material life of dreams in contemporary Cairo. Amira Mittermaier guides the reader through landscapes of the imagination that feature Muslim dream interpreters who draw on Freud, reformists who dismiss all forms of divination as superstition, a Sufi devotional group that keeps a diary of dreams related to its shaykh, and ordinary believers who speak of moving encounters with the Prophet Muhammad.
In close dialogue with her Egyptian interlocutors, Islamic textual traditions, and Western theorists, Mittermaier teases out the dream’s ethical, political, and religious implications. Her book is a provocative examination of how present-day Muslims encounter and engage the Divine that offers a different perspective on the Islamic Revival. Dreams That Matter opens up new spaces for an anthropology of the imagination, inviting us to rethink both the imagined and the real.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520258501
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
12/16/2010
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
On Transliterations and Translations
Prelude


Introduction: Studying Dreams in Undreamy Times

1. Dream Trouble
2. Thresholds of
Interpretation
3. Seeing the (
In)visible
4. Poetry and Prophecy
5. The Ethics of the Visitational Dream
6. The Royal Road into the Unknown
7. Virtual Realities, Visionary Realities

Afterword: On the Politics of Dreaming

Notes
Glossary
Bibliography

Index

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