Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Beyond Self-Cultivation: Egyptian Dreams and Subjectivities

Mon, March 28, 2011 | SAC 5.118

12:00 PM

"Beyond Self-Cultivation: Egyptian Dreams and Subjectivities"
A lecture by Amira Mittermaier
Monday, March 28, 2011
12 Noon
SAC 5.118

How do Egyptian dream-stories complicate the paradigm of self-cultivation which has in recent years become hegemonic in the anthropology of Islam? Drawing on narratives of visitational and prophetic dreams, Dr. Mittermaier suggests that "self-cultivation" works well to describe certain practices that are central to the Islamic piety movement, but it obscures other modes of religiosity that revolve around neither acting-against nor acting-within but that revolve around being-acted-upon. These other modes of religiosity are just as  prominent in Egypt today and, as the talk aims to show, pose an even more radical challenge to the liberal autonomous self.

A light lunch will be served.

Part of the Department of Anthropology 2010-2011 Seminar Series and sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. For further information, please contact Dr. Sofian Merabet at



Sponsored by: Department of Anthropology and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies

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