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"Writing Life" Interview with Basit Iqbal and Stefania Pandolfo

Basit Iqbal, Assistant Professor, and colleague Stefania Pandolfo (UC Berkeley) publish article in "Writing Life" which "focuses on the craft of writing in the social studies of medicine"--

Mar 29, 2022

From the article:

" I wrote Stefania a series of messages struggling (among other things) for a writing that did not instrumentalize or sensationalize or sanitize violence; and for a writing that did not simply assume and narrate either a continuity or a rupture in the Islamic tradition or the Muslim community. I felt there was something in her ethnography that offered an alternative relationship to such questions. These themes prompted our conversations written, revised, and rewritten below, which we conducted intermittently over Zoom, e-mail, and WhatsApp in Spring 2021."


Basit Kareem Iqbal is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at McMaster University. His book manuscript in progress, based on fieldwork with refugees and aid workers in Jordan and Canada, is titled God Gives Relief: Tribulation and Refuge after the Syrian Revolution.

Stefania Pandolfo is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Impasse of the Angels (1997); with Anne M. Lovell, Veena Das, and Sandra Laugier, Face aux désastres (2013); and Knot of the Soul (2018). Her current book project is tentatively titled “Art/Cure”.