Psychoanalysis and Islam
This introductory chapter briefly explores the topography of modern selfhood and its ethical and epistemological contours in postwar Egypt. More specifically, it asks what it means to think through psychoanalysis and Islam together, not as a “problem” but as a creative encounter of ethical engagement. In so doing, the chapter considers the points of intersection, articulation, and commensurability between Islamic discourses and modern social scientific thought, and between religious and secular ethics. This hybridization of psychoanalytic thought with pre-psychoanalytic Islamic discursive formations illustrates that the Arabic Freud emerged not as something developed in Europe only to be diffused at its point of application elsewhere, but rather as something elaborated, like psychoanalysis itself, across the space of human difference.
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