Politics of Piety: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject [New in Paper]

Politics of Piety: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject [New in Paper]

by Saba Mahmood
ISBN-10:
0691149801
ISBN-13:
9780691149806
Pub. Date:
10/21/2011
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
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Politics of Piety: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject [New in Paper]

Politics of Piety is 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 assumptions 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 Piety is essential reading for anyone interested in issues at the nexus of ethics and politics, embodiment and gender, and liberalism and postcolonialism.

In a substantial new preface, Mahmood addresses the controversy sparked by the original publication of her book and the scholarly discussions that have ensued.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691149806
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 10/21/2011
Edition description: With a New preface by the author
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 129,392
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the 2012 Edition ix

Preface xxi

Acknowledgments xxv

Note on Transcription xxix

CHAPTER 1: The Subject of Freedom 1

CHAPTER 2: Topography of the Piety Movement 40

CHAPTER 3: Pedagogies of Persuasion 79

CHAPTER 4: Positive Ethics and Ritual Conventions 118

CHAPTER 5: Agency, Gender, and Embodiment 153

Epilogue 189

Glossary of Commonly Used Arabic Terms 201

References 205

Index 225

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