Brunner and Engleharts' Ancient One challenged a predominantly Christian culture and provided an alternative worldview, but
To be Asian-American today is to expect cultural appropriation -- and unabashed, openly celebrated Orientalism -- from a
Why South Asia Studies Faculty Are Wrong about Hindu "Revisionism" and Indian History in California's Schools
If you are a teacher, school official, or perhaps even a student or parent in California, you have probably heard about the controversy that has raged for a decade about how India and Hinduism are depicted in California's History lessons.
While terrorism is a real problem in the world, it is also one that is socially constructed as perpetrated by Muslims and Muslims alone. This leads to dangerous and problematic stereotypes and tropes of Islam and Muslims.
The Islamophobic imaginary reduces everything related to Islam and Muslims into a singular frame that is negative. Trump's primary source of information is TV news and talk shows, which illustrate the total saturation of the public atmosphere with Islamophobia discourses.
If Coldplay's "Hymn for the Weekend" is the theme music for your upcoming weekend, let us stop you right there. The music video takes the complexity and vastness of Indian culture and squeezes it into the long-romanticized Western narrative of said culture.
The uncomfortable truth is that essentialized conceptualizations that say "Islam = violence" or "Islam = peace" are insensitive to the alterations and negotiations that characterizes lived Islam in interaction with myriad Muslim constituencies and non-Muslim actors.
A funereal atmosphere descended over western capitals with the announcement of Turkey's parliamentary elections' results, widely described in European and American media as a "shock" and a "black day for Turkey." The picture painted appeared very bleak, as a stream of reports, editorials and op-eds by opposition figures warned of a "return to autocracy and despotism" and declared the outcome as a threat to the "survival of democracy" in the country.
"It's not racist if you look cute & exotic in it."
In 2012, a militant group wielding crude shovels and pickaxes damaged the ancient Sufi shrines in Timbuktu, Mali. The militant group, known as Ansar Dine (Defenders of Faith), attacked the city's ancient mosques and mausoleums associated with local Sufis, arguing that shrine worshipping is offensive to Shariah.
Before Nepal and Baltimore seized headlines, news that a CIA drone strike mistakenly killed an innocent American hostage in January momentarily energized our meager debate on drones. It is time for us, as Americans, to exercise our responsibility as citizens and take control of the debate.
From Harem, by Lalla Essaydi. Stretches of the body not hidden under fabric are obscured by calligraphy drawn on by Essaydi