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Piety and politics can hardly be separated. Professor Saba Mahmood's book The Politics of Piety has been criticized for consisting of two almost entirely disconnected texts, namely the report from the ethnographic field study of the piety movement and "a bulky Ivy League ivory tower elaboration hard to read and harder to swallow". Mahmood's article, based upon The Politics of Piety, is approached from several points of view. In the first part, the main issue is the relation between pieties and politics. The second part consists of two articles dealing with the relation between pieties and methodologies. The third part, pieties and masculinities, consists of Thomas Blom Hansen's article on present day virtuous masculinities, and two articles on masculinities in historical perspective.

Keywords: piety; politics; Professor Saba Mahmood; the politics of piety; Thomas Blom Hansen



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