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Module 10: The Evolving Debate

Uses And Problems In Politics of Piety: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject Saba Mahmood is not principally concerned with the meaning of religious practices, but rather with the ways in which people use such practices to produce virtuous selves. This approach was pioneered by her mentor, the anthropologist Talal Asad,* whose 1993 book Genealogies of Religion: Discipline and Reasons of Power in Christianity and Islam1 insisted on the importance of physical discipline in medieval ascetic practices and how these practices formed the true Christian.