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Secularity and the Politics of Historical Fiction: Azazeel in Egypt

Secularity and the Politics of Historical Fiction: Azazeel in Egypt
UTSC: 1280 Military Trail, MW 170
Time: Mar 6th, 3:30 pm End: Mar 6th, 5:30 pm
Interest Categories: Religion, Study of (FAS), Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (FAS), Islamic Studies, Ethnography, Comparative Literature (FAS), Anthropology (UTSC), Anthropology (UTM), Anthropology (FAS), 2000-
2015 Distinguished Lecture, Centre for Ethnography by Saba Mahmood, UC-Berkeley

The University of Toronto-Scarborough Centre for Ethnography is pleased to present the 2015 Distinguished Lecture by

Saba Mahmood, University of California-Berkeley

Secularity and the Politics of Historical Fiction: Azazeel in Egypt

This talk focuses on the 2008 controversy that erupted between Muslims and Christians in Egypt with the publication of Youssef Ziedan’s acclaimed novel, *Azazeel*. While literary critics hailed the novel as an artistic achievement, the Coptic Orthodox Church condemned it for defaming Christianity and fomenting Christian-Muslim strife. After the Church failed to get the novel banned, secular critics quickly cast the controversy as a battle between religious taboos and freedom of expression. Mahmood contests this diagnosis by elaborating a different set of issues at the heart of the *Azazeel*debate, including incommensurable conceptions of divinity, religion, history and literature.

This event is co-sponsored by

  • The UTSC Centre for Ethnography
  • The Centre for Ethics Graduate Associates
  • The Comparative Politics Student Group
  • The Institute of Islamic Studies

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This event is free and open to all.  For further information, please contact the Centre for Ethnography  through the UTSC Department of Anthropology at (416) 208-4758.

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