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Psychoanalysis and the Middle East: Discourses and Encounters

Psychoanalysis and History Volume 20, Issue 3

Edited by Omnia El Shakry, Sarah Pursley, Caroline McKusick

Paperback (Forthcoming)

Explores psychoanalytic thought and practice in the 20th-century and contemporary Middle East

This special issue addresses itineraries of psychoanalytic thought and practice both within the modern Middle East and between Europe and the Middle East. Traversing a broad geographical and chronological spectrum, chapters recover lesser known histories of the unconscious. These include tracing Arabic translations of Sigmund Freud in postwar Egypt that combine psychoanalysis and phenomenology; addressing the synthesis of Freudian psychoanalysis with Sufi conceptions of the psyche in 1950s Iraq; and arguing for the relevance of medieval Islamic philosophy to psychoanalytic concepts such as après-coup. Moving to the contemporary era, chapters tackle various contemporary uses of psychoanalytic thought: in “dialogue initiatives” that delegitimize Palestinians’ use of violence in Palestine/Israel; in the psychoanalyzing of the figure of the jihadi as surmusulman or “Über-Muslim” in metropolitan France and postcolonial Tunisia; and in the engagements with psychoanalysis and Islam in postcolonial Morocco. Engaging critical theory, history, anthropology, literary studies, and Islamic studies, this special issue will be of interest to all those concerned with the relationship between psychoanalysis and its multiple “others”.

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"Introduction," Omnia El Shakry, Sara Pursley, and Caroline McKusick

"Cloud, Precinct of the Theological-Historical," Joan Copjec

"Divine Trial and Experimentum Mentis: The Psychoanalyst, the Imam, and the Ordeal of Madness" Stefania Pandolfo

"Psychoanalysis and the Imaginary: Translating Freud in Postcolonial Egypt," Omnia El Shakry

"ʿAli al-Wardi and the Miracles of the Unconscious," Sara Pursley

"Psychoanalysis Under Occupation: Non-Violence and Dialogue Initiatives as a Psychic Extension of the Closure System," Stephen Sheehi

"Jihad on the Couch," Nouri Gana.