13. Ethics and Piety

  1. Didier Fassin
  1. Saba Mahmood

Published Online: 22 AUG 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118290620.ch13

A Companion to Moral Anthropology

A Companion to Moral Anthropology

How to Cite

Mahmood, S. (2012) Ethics and Piety, in A Companion to Moral Anthropology (ed D. Fassin), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118290620.ch13

Editor Information

  1. University of California Press, USA

Author Information

  1. University of California, Berkeley, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 22 AUG 2012
  2. Published Print: 20 AUG 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470656457

Online ISBN: 9781118290620



  • localities, ethics and piety;
  • Foucault ethics, with modifications of the soul, feelings, faculties, and dispositions;
  • Foucault retaining Aristotelian emphasis on ethics, as a set of practical activities;
  • Asad's point, that religious/secular cannot be easily separated in the modern world;
  • bodily behavior, endowing the self with specific kinds of capacities;
  • Egyptian piety movement, in understanding the bodily practice;
  • complicated relationship between performance of salat and one's daily activities


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Religion and Subjectivity

  • Interiority and Exteriority

  • Means and End

  • Foucauldian Ethics

  • Ethical Engagements

  • References