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Module 1: The Author and the Historical Context

Why Read this Text? Saba Mahmood’s 2005 book Politics of Piety: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject challenges the view, commonly held in the West, that women in Muslim societies are passive victims of a patriarchal* culture (that is, that they are subject to life in a culture defined by a system of male dominance). The book has been influential within the discipline of social and cultural anthropology* and beyond, winning the 2005 Victoria Shuck Award of the American Political Science Association, and achieving an Honorable Mention as part of the 2005 Albert Hourani Book Award of the Middle East Studies Association.