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Dreams That Matter

Egyptian Landscapes of the Imagination

Amira Mittermaier

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Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst, Musik / Pädagogik

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Dreams that Matter explores the social and material life of dreams in contemporary Cairo. Amira Mittermaier guides the reader through landscapes of the imagination that feature Muslim dream interpreters who draw on Freud, reformists who dismiss all forms of divination as superstition, a Sufi devotional group that keeps a diary of dreams related to its shaykh, and ordinary believers who speak of moving encounters with the Prophet Muhammad. In close dialogue with her Egyptian interlocutors, Islamic textual traditions, and Western theorists, Mittermaier teases out the dream’s ethical, political, and religious implications. Her book is a provocative examination of how present-day Muslims encounter and engage the Divine that offers a different perspective on the Islamic Revival. Dreams That Matter opens up new spaces for an anthropology of the imagination, inviting us to rethink both the imagined and the real.

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divine dreams, imagination, social history, cairo, cultural history, dream diaries, ethnography, middle east studies, social science, divination, islamic tradition, social reform, anthropologists, dream theory, anthropology, islamic revival, sufi group, dream interpretation, superstition, contemporary history, egypt, material life, western theorists, contemporary egypt, dream interpreters, historians, divine connection, social historians, muslims, freud, nonfiction