Category Archives: Culture and Philosophy

Writings that engage with cultural and philosophical questions.

“The Future Lasts a Long Time”

From Postcolonialism: A Historical Introduction (P293): 1922.  Baghdad.  The dust settles after the activity of the morning markets.  Groups of children are walking home from school.  All over the city, people sitting down to eat intone ‘Bismillah-ir-Rahmanir Raheem.’  The quiet is broken … Continue reading

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Islamic Fundamentalism: Notes on Internal Contradictions and Historical Origins

I wrote this blurb a couple of years ago, but never got around to posting it anywhere public–so, here it is!   I sat in on a Middle Eastern studies lecture today.  It was a small, discussion-based class, with about … Continue reading

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