Hussein Ali Agrama


Contact Information

Office: Haskell 205
Phone: (773) 834-4496
Website: n/a

(PhD, Johns Hopkins, 2005) Associate Professor of Anthropology and of the Social Sciences in the College, has ongoing research interests in the anthropology of law, religion, Islam, and the Middle East; and in secularism, law and colonial power, and the genealogies of sovereignty and emergency states.

Selected Publications

Year Title / Publications PDF
2012 Questioning Secularism: Islam, Sovereignthy and the Rule of Law in Egypt University of Chicago Press
2012 Reflections on Secularism, Democracy and Politics in Egypt. American Ethnologist, 39(1): 26-31.
2011 Sovereign Power and Secular Indeterminacy: Is Egypt a Secular or a Religios State? In Sullivan, Yelle & Taussig-Rubbo, eds., After Secular Law, Stanford University Press, 181-200
2010 Ethics, Authority, Tradition: Towards an Anthropology of the Fatwa. American Ethnologist, 37(1): 2-18.
2010 Secularism, Sovereignty, Indeterminacy: Is Egypt a Secular or a Religious State? Comparative Studies in Society and History, 52(3): 1-29.
2006 Asking the Right Questions: Two Engagements with Islam and Modernity. Political Theory, 35(5):647-56.
2005 Law Courts and Fatwa Councils in Modern Egypt: An Ethnography of Islamic Legal Practice. PhD Dissertation, Johns Hopkins University.
n.d. Justice between Islamic Shari'a and Western Legal Tradition: Remarks on the Comparative Context. Submitted to Law and Social Inquiry.
n.d. On Religious Freedom in Egypt and France. In preparation.