Charles Hirschkind

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Charles Hirschkind

Charles Hirschkind

Professor of Anthropology; Senior Research Scholar, CMES

Charles Hirschkind is a Professor of Anthropology. His research interests include religious practice, media technologies, and emergent forms of political community in the Middle East and North America. He has held teaching positions at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, the University of Toronto, and the New School of Social Research in New York. Hirschkind received his M.A. in Anthropology from Columbia University in 1989 and his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1999.

  • Powers of the Secular Modern: Talal Asad and His Interlocutors, edited with David Scott. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2005
  • The Ethical Soundscape: Cassette-Sermons and Islamic Counterpublics. New York: Columbia University Press, 2006.

Articles and edited contributions include: “Feminism, the Taliban, and Politics of Counter-Insurgency” (with Saba Mahmood), Anthropological Quarterly Vol. 75, no. 2 (2002): 339-354; “Media and the Quran” in The Encyclopedia of the Quran, J. McAuliffe, ed. Leiden: Brill Press: (2003); and “Hearing Modernity” in Hearing Cultures: Essays on Sound, Listening, and Modernity. V. Erlman, ed. New York: Berg Publishers (2004).

Keywords: Religious Practice; Media Technologies; Middle Eastern Political Community

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