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Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley

Axel Springer Fellow - Class of Spring 2013


Saba Mahmood is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Politics of Piety: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject, which received the 2005 Victoria Schuck Award from the American Association of Political Science. Most recently she is the co-author of Is Critique Secular? Blasphemy, Injury, and Free Speech (2009), published by the University of California Press. Her work has appeared in a variety of journals, including Critical Inquiry, Cultural Anthropology, Boston Review, Comparative Studies in Society and History, Social Research, American Ethnologist, Public Culture, and Cultural Studies. Mahmood is the recipient of the Carnegie Corporation’s Scholar of Islam Award (2007) and the Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies (2009-10). She is currently a Co-Principal Investigator on a three-year project, funded by the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion and International Affairs, which focuses on a comparative study of the right to religious liberty in Western and non-Western political contexts. Her broader work centers on issues of secularism, religion, gender, and post-colonialism in the Middle East.