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

Mona Atia


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 governance, authority, economy and polity with questions of identity, subjectivity and ways of knowing. The first geographical account of its kind, it considers how Islamic associations enact Islamic economic practices and how these practices changed relations between the state, voluntary and private sectors. I explore the practices of Islamic charities and their associated sites, neighborhoods, ideology ... More

Keywords: Egypt, Development, Charity, Islam, Neoliberalism, Governmentality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780816689156
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816689156.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mona Atia, author
Assistant professor of geography and international affairs, The George Washington University