Aaron Rock-Singer

Professor Aaron Rock-Singer (Assistant Professor, Department of History) is a historian of the modern Middle East, with a research focus on 20th century Islamic movements and states. He uses the tools of social and intellectual history to trace the emergence and performance of particular projects of piety and, more broadly, the ways in which men and women employ their bodies to challenge the prescriptive visions of religious elites to regulate daily practice. In his first book, Practicing Islam in Egypt: Print Media and Islamic Revival (Cambridge, 2019),  Dr. Rock-Singer drew on ideologically diverse Islamic magazines to chart the rise of an Islamic Revival in 1970s Egypt within a larger global story of religious contestation and change. You may read a brief discussion of the work or listen to an audio interview about the book.