Amira Mittermaier

Jackman Humanities Building, Room 332, 170 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5R 2M8


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

  • Anthropology of religion
  • Islam
  • Ethnographic method and writing


Amira Mittermaier is an Associate Professor in the Department for the Study of Religion and the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations. She received her PhD in socio-cultural anthropology from Columbia University and is cross-appointed to the Anthropology Department. Bringing together textual analysis and ethnographic fieldwork, her research to date has focused on modern Islam in Egypt. Her first book, Dreams that Matter: Egyptian Landscapes of the Imagination,explores Muslim practices of dream interpretation, as they are inflected by Islamic reformism, Western psychology, and mass mediation. Professor Mittermaier’s current book project, tentatively titled The Ethics of Giving: Islamic Charity in Contemporary Egypt, examines different Islamic modes of giving in post-revolutionary Egypt. Professor Mittermaier provides opportunities for student supervision in areas such as modern and postcolonial Islam, Sufism, anthropological approaches to religion, and ethnographic method and writing.


PhD, Columbia University
MA, Columbia University
BA (equivaelent), University of Michigan/Eberhard-Karls-Universität