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  • Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program
  • 2004-05
  • Egypt



Omnia El Shakry specializes in the intellectual and cultural history of the modern Middle East, with a particular emphasis on the history of the human and religious sciences in modern Egypt. El Shakry is a founding member of the Middle East/ South Asia Studies Program and is affiliated with the Critical Theory and Cultural Studies Programs on campus. El Shakry’s recently published book, The Arabic Freud: Psychoanalysis and Islam in Modern Egypt (Princeton University Press, 2017), traces the development of psychoanalysis and discourses of subjectivity in postwar Egypt as part of the transregional history of ideas of the self and the unconscious. You can listen to podcasts on her new book here and here. She is currently writing an article on the translation of Sigmund Freud’s Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality into Arabic and is co-editing a special issue for the journal Psychoanalysis and History. In AY 2018–2019 she will be on leave at the Stanford Humanities Center where she will develop a new research project on the intellectual and religious encounter between Islam and Catholicism in twentieth century Egypt.

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