Monthly Archives: November 2015

Amorphous Names Like “Radical Islamic” and the “War on Terror” Make Too Little Sense

What are people supposed to call this violent surge? What is its name? What are people in fact calling it? Hillary Clinton was right to reject the rubric “Radical Islam.” She said that her preferred term is “jihadist,” the idea … Continue reading

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“Zionism” On Campus (A Final Word from Steven Salaita)

Apparently it’s Zionism that ails the neoliberal university, along with everything else amiss in the world. You can read here his goodbye at the Nation. What reads like it was taken straight out from the Protocols of the Elders of … Continue reading

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“State Emergency,” “Sovereign Power” & All That Again — Judith Butler in Paris

This kind of thinking is why the left never wins because it leaves people unsafe. Judith Butler’s quick blog note from Paris, which you can read here, is a snarky and superior critique of sovereign power and state authority, unhelpful because … Continue reading

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A Requiem – and The Long View

Originally posted on salamamoussa:
“Requiem” is a quintessentially Christian rite, but it comes to mind in the aftermath of the Paris attacks. There is, at the simplest level, a necessary requiem for the dead, whose lives ended suddenly and violently…

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Knowing Islam Now (Just Like Anything Else)

Like so many others, I’m reading the papers about the terrorist attacks in Paris with concern and consternation. But I do so also as a scholar of modern Judaism, Jewish thought and philosophy, and Religion Studies. In these capacities, I don’t … Continue reading

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Paris, Peace, and War (Psalm 120)

Today’s Torah reading in the synagogue was parshat Toldot from Genesis.  It’s theme was enmity. It includes the shepherd war between Isaac and the Philistines of Gerar alongside the more famous enmity between Jacob and Esau. Instead of prayers for … Continue reading

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(Control) Why Are Philosophers Such Nasty People? (Patricia Crone)

Why is it that philosophers tend to nastiness, tend to be such nasty people? Patricia Crone’s caustic assessment of philosophers and philosophy in God’s Rule — Government and Islam: Six Centuries of Medieval Islamic Political Thought is as funny as it … Continue reading

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EU Labels West Bank Products

About space and place, it’s about time. What is an “Israeli product” and what is a Palestinian “product”? You can read here the EU guidelines for labeling Israeli products made over the Green Line. What some won’t appreciate on either … Continue reading

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State Society Religion (Islamic Political Thought) (Patricia Crone)

Definitely one of the most exciting and thought-changing books I’ve read in a long time, the late Patricia Crone’s God’s Rule — Government and Islam: Six Centuries of Medieval Islamic Political Thought can be looked at as a massive corrective to … Continue reading

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