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Module 8: Place in the Author’s Work

Positioning Politics of Piety: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject is Saba Mahmood’s first single-authored book. It was based on two years of fieldwork in Cairo (1995-97) conducted for her doctoral thesis at Stanford University. She wrote the book during postdoctoral fellowships at the University of California at Berkeley and Harvard University. The text can therefore be described as an early work. Mahmood had been involved in politics in her native Pakistan and this book reveals her growing dissatisfaction with the explanations that she and her fellow “progressive leftists” relied upon to explain the popular turn to traditional Islamic ways of organizing society.1