March 2019

Congratulations to Sanjay Subrahmanyam, author of “Of Imârat and Tijârat: Asian Merchants and State Power in the Western Indian Ocean, 1400 to 1750” (CSSH 37-4) on winning the international Dan David prize 2019 in recognition of his contributions to macro history. Read more about the award and Subrahmanyam’s work here.

Congratulations to CSSH editorial committee member and author Matthew Hull on winning the 2019 Staley Prize, one of the leading book awards offered to anthropologists. Hull was awarded the book for his monograph, Government of Paper. See here for more information about the award, and about Hull’s book.

CSSH also congratulates Amira Mittermaier, author of Invisible Armies: Reflections on Egyptian Dreams of War” (CSSH 54-2) on the publication of her monograph, Giving to God: Islamic Charity in Revolutionary Times. University of California Press summarizes the book as follows:

Giving to God examines the everyday practices of Islamic giving in post-revolutionary Egypt. From foods prepared in Sufi soup kitchens, to meals distributed by pious volunteers in slums, to almsgiving, these acts are ultimately about giving to God by giving to the poor. Surprisingly, many who practice such giving say that they do not care about the poor, instead framing their actions within a unique non-compassionate ethics of giving. At first, this form of giving may appear deeply selfish, but further consideration reveals that it avoids many of the problems associated with the idea of ‘charity.’ Using the Egyptian uprising in 2011 and its call for social justice as a backdrop, this beautifully crafted ethnography suggests that ‘giving a man a fish” might ultimately be more revolutionary than “teaching a man to fish.'”