Chapter 2. Being Good in Ramadan: Ambivalence, Fragmentation, and the Moral Self in the Lives of Young Egyptians

  1. Filippo Osella Reader2 and
  2. Benjamin Soares Senior Research Fellow3
  1. Samuli Schielke MA in Islamic, Ph.D. in social sciences research fellow

Published Online: 20 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324402.ch2

Islam, Politics, Anthropology

Islam, Politics, Anthropology

How to Cite

Schielke, S. (2010) Being Good in Ramadan: Ambivalence, Fragmentation, and the Moral Self in the Lives of Young Egyptians, in Islam, Politics, Anthropology (eds F. Osella and B. Soares), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324402.ch2

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of Anthropology, University of Sussex, UK

  2. 3

    Afrika-Studiecentrum in Leiden, The Netherlands

Author Information

  1. Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO), Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 8 JAN 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444332957

Online ISBN: 9781444324402



  • Being good in Ramadan - ambivalence, fragmentation and moral self in Egyptians' lives;
  • young men in northern village of Nazlat al-Rayyis - holy month of Ramadan, privileged times for football;
  • ascetic character of fasting, Ramadan in Egypt - in a festive atmosphere;
  • Ramadan football - being an ambivalent exercise;
  • Islamic revival of 1970s, rigid religious moralism - debates in Egypt on norms and values;
  • Ramadan, in Muslim belief - blessed, holy month of piety, involving fasting;
  • Ramadan, ‘the season of worship’ (mûsim al-‘îbâda) - in trying to be good, religious commandments followed rigorously;
  • time of ‘îd al-fitr’, feast of breaking the fast - marking end of Ramadan;
  • football, paradigmatic case of Ramadan piety and morality - and practice of prayer;
  • conflicts, ambiguities, double standards, fractures and shifts - moments of practice of norms


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Ramadan morality

  • Moral registers

  • Living according to the book

  • Flaws of perfection

  • Acknowledgments

  • Notes

  • References