Axel Springer Fellow.
Does Saba Mahmood know that this summer Germany witnessed a fervid discussion about a topic central to her current research? Perhaps Mahmood will offer a solution to the German circumcision debate through her work on the limits and promises of the right to religious liberty — especially during moments of social change and the interaction with other fundamental rights, such as the right to physical integrity. The anthropologist from the University of California at Berkeley will surely come equipped with many interesting ideas for her host country. Her earlier work is on the conflict between Islam and feminism, as well as between free speech and religious sensitivities.