Dreams That Matter Receives 2011 Geertz Prize

SAR has awarded the 2011 Clifford Geertz Prize in the Anthropology of Religion to Dreams That Matter: Egyptian Landscapes of the Imagination by Amira Mittermaier (University of California Press, 2011). The book explores practices surrounding dreams and dream-interpretation in several different religious communities in Egypt. Building on a dialogue with Islamic and Western thought, she argues for the ethical, political and religious implications of dreaming. The prize was awarded at the general business meeting of SAR during the annual meeting of AAA. Evey year, SAR selects an excellent book in the anthropology of religion to honor Clifford Geertz, one of one of the field’s best-known representatives.