Egypt in the Future Tense: Hope, Frustration, and Ambivalence before and after 2011 - Public Cultures of the Middle East and North Africa (Paperback)Samuli Schielke (author)
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Against the backdrop of the revolutionary uprisings of 2011-2013, Samuli Schielke asks how ordinary Egyptians confront the great promises and grand schemes of religious commitment, middle class respectability, romantic love, and political ideologies in their daily lives, and how they make sense of the existential anxieties and stalled expectations that inevitably accompany such hopes. Drawing on many years of study in Egypt and the life stories of rural, lower-middle-class men before and after the revolution, Schielke views recent events in ways that are both historically deep and personal. Schielke challenges prevailing views of Muslim piety, showing that religious lives are part of a much more complex lived experience.
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 23 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
This wonderful book brings fresh insights into the anthropology of hope in general and Egypt in particular. It makes a rewarding read for scholars interested in how life and all its ambiguities and aspirations unfold under changing notions of religious commitment, new regimes of circulation, and emerging patterns of consumption.* American Anthropologist *
Prompts us to consider Egypt not just on its own terms, but as an exceedingly long and well-documented experiment in authoritarianism, a societal order that has turned into a great disorder.2/12/16 * Times Literary Supplement *
In his sensitive retelling and analysis of the life stories of several young Egyptian men (and a few women), Schielke . . . illustrates the complex and contradictory impact of Muslim revivalism on the expectations and hopes of Egyptian youth. . . . Recommended. * Choice *
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