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Saba Mahmood


The Politics of Religious Freedom: Religious Freedom, Minority Rights, and Geopolitics

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The right to religious liberty is widely regarded as a crowning achievement of secular-liberal democracies that guarantees the peaceful co-existence of religiously diverse populations. While all members of a polity are supposed to be protected by the right to religious liberty, religious minorities are understood to be its greatest beneficiaries in the protection it accords them to practice their beliefs freely without fear of state intervention or social discrimination. ...

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The Architects of the Egyptian Uprising and the Challenges Ahead

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On February 11, 2011, President Mubarak finally resigned, less than 24-hours after he refused the protesters' demand “Go Mubarak Go!” that has been echoing across Egypt for the past two weeks.   The euphoria that swept the protestors gathered in Tahrir Square cannot be described in words: all those tuned into al-Jazeera (Arabic or English) around the world witnessed one of the most moving events of our lifetime as Egyptian demonstrators roared in victory over what ...

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Saba Mahmood


Saba Mahmood is associate professor of anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley. She has been working for the past fifteen years in Egypt covering issues of Islamic politics, secularism, and gender. She is the author of Politics of Piety published by Princeton University Press in 2005, and co-author of Is Critique Secular? published by the University of California Press in 2010.