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Building a House in Heaven: Pious Neoliberalism and Islamic Charity in Egypt

Mona Atia

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816689156
eISBN:
9781452949215
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816689156.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Middle Eastern Cultural Anthropology

Building a House in Heaven uses Islamic charity as a lens through which to understand the relations between the economy, state and religion in Mubarak era Egypt. My approach links questions of ... More


Backwater Blues: The Mississippi Flood of 1927 in the African American Imagination

Richard M. Mizelle Jr.

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816679256
eISBN:
9781452948614
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816679256.001.0001
Subject:
History, African-American History

Backwater Blues offers a critique of long-standing ideas of African American environmental complacency by showing the ways in which black commentators from W.E.B. Du Bois to Bessie Smith provided an ... More


The Economy of Charity

Mona Atia

in Building a House in Heaven: Pious Neoliberalism and Islamic Charity in Egypt

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816689156
eISBN:
9781452949215
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816689156.003.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Middle Eastern Cultural Anthropology

Chapter 1 places Islamic charity in relation to Islamic economics and introduces the three fundamental Islamic charitable practices of zakat, sadaqa and waqf. I argue that Islamic charity is as much ... More


Managing Poverty and Islam

Mona Atia

in Building a House in Heaven: Pious Neoliberalism and Islamic Charity in Egypt

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816689156
eISBN:
9781452949215
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816689156.003.0002
Subject:
Anthropology, Middle Eastern Cultural Anthropology

Chapter 2 chronicles how the state’s intervention in social care (in the name of poverty alleviation) and in managing Islamic institutions (in the name of security) paved the way for Islamic ... More


A Space and Time for Giving

Mona Atia

in Building a House in Heaven: Pious Neoliberalism and Islamic Charity in Egypt

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816689156
eISBN:
9781452949215
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816689156.003.0003
Subject:
Anthropology, Middle Eastern Cultural Anthropology

Chapter 3 discusses Islamic charity in relation to Egypt’s religious revival and the ways in which Islamic charities helped spread Islamic practices outside the space of the mosque and into everyday ... More


Privatizing Islam

Mona Atia

in Building a House in Heaven: Pious Neoliberalism and Islamic Charity in Egypt

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816689156
eISBN:
9781452949215
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816689156.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, Middle Eastern Cultural Anthropology

Chapter 4 revisits the state’s cooptation of Islam and argues that it had the opposite of the intended effect; instead of quashing Islamic institutions it fueled the growth of a privatized Islam that ... More


Business with Allah

Mona Atia

in Building a House in Heaven: Pious Neoliberalism and Islamic Charity in Egypt

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816689156
eISBN:
9781452949215
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816689156.003.0005
Subject:
Anthropology, Middle Eastern Cultural Anthropology

Chapter 5 analyzes how businesspeople involved in charity created new forms of knowledge production that quantified and verified neediness through systems of enumeration and evaluation. Their systems ... More


Islamic “Life Makers” and Faith-Based Development

Mona Atia

in Building a House in Heaven: Pious Neoliberalism and Islamic Charity in Egypt

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816689156
eISBN:
9781452949215
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816689156.003.0006
Subject:
Anthropology, Middle Eastern Cultural Anthropology

Chapter 6 chronicles the expansion of Islamic development or faith-based development organizations in Egypt and the way these organizations promoted market-oriented practices as religious acts.


Conclusion

Mona Atia

in Building a House in Heaven: Pious Neoliberalism and Islamic Charity in Egypt

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816689156
eISBN:
9781452949215
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816689156.003.0007
Subject:
Anthropology, Middle Eastern Cultural Anthropology

The conclusion underscores how pious neoliberalism challenges many of our most basic assumptions and considers how pious neoliberalism played a role in the Egyptian uprising and its aftermath.


John Lee Hooker’s Blues

Richard M. Mizelle

in Backwater Blues: The Mississippi Flood of 1927 in the African American Imagination

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816679256
eISBN:
9781452948614
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816679256.003.0001
Subject:
History, African-American History

The Introduction discusses the many floods in the Delta counties, standardization of levees, and introduces the 1927 flood.


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