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.
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Sponsored by: Department of Anthropology, Center for Middle Eastern Studies