Saba Mahmood is Professor of Anthropology at UC Berkeley. Her focus includes the anthropology of subject formation, liberalism, and secular modernity; feminist and poststructuralist theory; religion and politics; and Islam, the Middle East, and South Asia. Mahmood is the recipient of the 2005 Victoria Schuck Award from the American Political Science Association. She also received an Honorable Mention for the 2005 Albert Hourani Book Award from the Middle East Studies Association. She was awarded a grant in 2010 from the Luce Foundation to study how law and politics are transforming religious freedom. Mahmood received her M.A. in 1994 and Ph.D. in 1998 from Stanford University.

  • Politics of Piety: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005.

Her articles include: “Feminism, the Taliban, and Politics of Counter-Insurgency” (with Charles Hirschkind),Anthropological Quarterly Vol. 75, no. 2 (2002): 339-354; “Ethical Formation and Politics of Individual Autonomy in Contemporary Egypt,” Social Research vol. 70, no. 3 (2003): 1501-1530; “Secularism, Hermeneutics, and Empire: The Politics of Islamic Reformation,” Public Culture, vol. 18, no. 2, Spring 2006; “Retooling Feminism and Democracy in the Age of Empire,” in Women Studies on the Edge, edited by Joan W. Scott, Elizabeth Weed, Ellen Rooney, Duke University Press, 2007.

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