Saba Mahmood

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Saba Mahmood is an associate professor of social cultural anthropology at UC Berkeley.[1] She was awarded the 2013 Axel Springer Berlin Prize Fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin.


She is the author of Politics of Piety: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject (2005) in which she theorizes the concept of habitus from a genealogy that begins with Aristotle and extends into the Islamic tradition. Her ethnography explores the ways in which Cairene women following the mosque movement do not fit under a secular-liberal vision of feminist agency and resistance. In the vein of poststructural feminism, she does not presuppose a particular Western "resistance in the face of power" but instead evaluates how these women produce an ethic of piety, and a different formation of agency, through the process of veiling.[2]



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  1. ^ "Saba Mahmood". University of California, Berkeley. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Mahmood, Saba. "Feminist Theory, Embodiment, and the Docile Agent: Some Reflections on the Egyptian Islamic Revival." Cultural Anthropology 16.2 (2001), page 206.

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