This concluding chapter returns to the central question of this book—what does it mean, now, to think through psychoanalysis and Islam together as a creative encounter of ethical engagement? It argues that, if we take psychoanalysis, at its most fundamental level, to be a practice that allows itself to be transformed by the discourse of the other, we can begin to see the ethical imperative involved in the coupling of these two terms. Addressing recent scholarly interventions, such as those of Julia Kristeva, that operate within larger civilizing mission narratives that couple psychoanalysis with the secularization of Judeo-Christian legacies, this chapter questions the notion of psychoanalysis as the purview of any singular civilization. It asks what it might might mean to rethink the secular ends of analysis and open ourselves up to an ethical encounter with the Other.
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