Islam & Psychoanalysis
July 11 + 14, 9-11 am ET
This course will review overlaps between Islamic metaphysics and psychoanalysis. Key concepts like the unconscious, the soul, dream analysis, and the imaginative faculty appear in both traditions in strikingly similar ways. Both also share a technical vocabulary dealing with the “nafs,” the Arabic term for the soul, the self, the breath, and the psyche. Discussions will draw from anthropology, intellectual history, Sufism, the Qur’an and hadith, and classics in psychoanalytic writing.
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Arpan Roy is an anthropologist researching Romani life in the Middle East. He holds a PhD in Anthropology from Johns Hopkins University. He is a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellow at the American Center of Research in Jordan for 2022-2023. He is currently finishing a book manuscript on Romani kinship and alterity in Palestine.