Hussein Ali Agrama


Contact Information

Office: Haskell 238
Phone: (773) 834-4496
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(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
2016 Justice between Islamic Shari'a and Western Legal Tradition: Remarks on the Comparative Context. In Soraya A. Turki, ed., A Companion to the Anthropology of the Middle East.
2015 Religious Freedom and the Bind of Suspicion in Contemporary Secularity. In Saba Mahmood, Winifred Fallers Sullivan, Elizabeth S. Hurd, eds., After Secular Law.
2012 Questioning Secularism: Islam, Sovereignty 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 Religious 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.