Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Everyday Piety: A New Book by Sarah Tobin

April 19, 2016

A new book by Associate Director of Middle East Studies Sarah Tobin provides a first-hand look into the lives of middle-class Muslims living in Amman, Jordan, surveying the intersection of globalization and Islamic religious life.

For Tobin, “neoliberal Islamic piety” is described as Muslims combine their need to exert a visible Islam with the opportunities and challenges of advanced capitalism in an urban setting. Sites where Islamic virtue and economic life intersect include Ramadan, the hijab, Islamic economics and banking, and consumption. Through comprehensive ethnographic fieldwork, Everyday Piety: Islam and Economy in Jordan draws attention to the complexities of economic practices in urban Jordan.

Published by the Cornell University Press, the book is available for purchase.