Saba Mahmood


Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of California at Berkley


University of California, Berkley


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.

Saba Mahmood's research interests lie in exploring historically specific articulations of secular modernity in postcolonial societies, with particular attention to issues of subject formation, religiosity, embodiment, and gender. Currently she is examining secular-liberal interpretations of Islam in the context of the Middle East and South Asia.