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The Arabic FreudPsychoanalysis and Islam in Modern Egypt$
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Omnia El Shakry

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780691174792

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691174792.001.0001

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The Psychosexual Subject

The Psychosexual Subject

(p.63) Chapter Three The Psychosexual Subject
The Arabic Freud

Omnia El Shakry

Princeton University Press

This chapter traces the intersection of psychoanalysis and the invention of the psychosexual subject in postwar Egypt. Following a set of discussions on Freudian theory and sexuality in Majallat ʿIlm al-Nafs, as well as a series of popular and didactic books, the chapter explores newly emerging languages of desire and ethics and their relationship to gender and sexuality. In sharp contrast to the alleged incommensurability between psychoanalysis and Islam, postwar psychoanalysis was able to breathe new life into an earlier premodern classical literature centered on desire and the appetites and on the ethical cultivation of the child. The invention of the psychosexual subject, in other words, did not necessarily entail a simple shift of pleasure and desire away from the theological pastoral toward secular science and medicine as some scholars have asserted.

Keywords:   Majallat ʿIlm al-Nafs, psychosexual subject, desire, ethics, gender, sexuality, postwar psychoanalysis, postwar Egypt

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