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The Arabic Freud: Psychoanalysis and Islam in Modern Egypt

Omnia El Shakry


In 1945, psychologist Yusuf Murad introduced an Arabic term borrowed from the medieval Sufi philosopher and mystic Ibn ʿArabi—al-la-shuʿur—as a translation for Sigmund Freud's concept of the unconscious. By the late 1950s, Freud's Interpretation of Dreams had been translated into Arabic for an eager Egyptian public. This book challenges the notion of a strict divide between psychoanalysis and Islam by tracing how postwar thinkers in Egypt blended psychoanalytic theories with concepts from classical Islamic thought in a creative encounter of ethical engagement. The book provides an in-depth exa ... More

Keywords: Yusuf Murad, unconscious, psychoanalysis, Islam, Egypt, mysticism, Islamic philosophy, human difference, Sigmund Freud, Arabic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780691174792
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691174792.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Omnia El Shakry, author
University of California, Davis

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