So the history of the modern state can also be read as the history of race, bringing together the stories of two kinds of victims of European political modernity: the internal victims of state building and the external victims of imperial expansion. Hannah Arendt noted this in her monumental study on the Holocaust, which stands apart for one reason: rather than talk about the uniqueness of the Holocaust, Arendt sited it in the imperial history of genocide. The history she sketched was that of European settlers killing off native populations. Arendt understood the history of imperialism through the workings of racism and bureaucracy, institutions forged in the course of European expansion into the non-European world: “Of the two main political devices of imperialist rule, race was discovered in South Africa, and bureaucracy in Algeria, Egypt and India.” Hannah Arendt’s blind spot was the New World. Both racism and genocide had occurred in the American colonies earlier than in South Africa. The near decimation of Native Americans through a combination of slaughter, disease, and dislocation was, after all, the first recorded genocide in modern history.
Those are Mahmood Mamdani’s words. My prayers and supplications for India and all the oppressed!
Our recent history should have made one thing clear. Women’s rights are human rights. Any foreign policy that fails to recognize this effectively dehumanizes half the human race.
What I am currently reading after I finished reading a hasidic woman’s biography. I am going to write about it next time!Thanks for your likes, comments, and support!
At the beginning I thought Arabs and especially Egyptians were the only bigoted and reactionaries. Christians celebrate their feast among weapons and armoured vehicles allegedly to protect them! Protect them from whom? Another monotheist? Strange!
O people, we created you all from a male and female
And made you into different communities and different tribes
So that you should come to know one another
Acknowledging that the most noble among you
Is the one most aware of God
Allah wants us to be different to coexist. I believe that our dilemma as Arabs is homogeneity. We look the same, have only one religion, and only one denomination “Sunni”. I am longing for that melting pot to know one another as vicegerents instilling peace not the opposite.
Unfortunately, I was mistaken as it is not only our issue. New Zealand mosque shooting was a proof. Today’s news about London mosque and Germany was another proof of our animalistic instinct and superficiality. Why do we want to despoil humanity of this planet? What do you gain from stabbing people while they are worshipping Allah? We, monotheists, pray to soothe our pain as everyone is treading in their path with its ups and downs. To be able to be in others’ shoes, we should pray, fast, give alms, etc!
A couple of days ago, I got furious because someone posted a moment describing the piety of her friend. Her friend detached herself away from any technology. She eats only rice and bread to value blessings well. She does not mingle with men as it is against her creed. I was amazed because Portraying religions and faith in such a way of solitude and austerity is totally wrong! We are not meant to exist in this world to avoid it or cocoon ourselves. We are here to coexist as vicegerents. There is repentance to tell us how merciful Allah is as he always accepts us. We should always consider the day of reckoning by working hard for it not by flogging ourselves.
Don’t choose to be an ultra because someday you will give up on this in an indelible way. Religions exist to dispense justice, peace, and welfare. Please contribute to this and never stand still concocting superficial excuses regarding your faith.
At the end I abhor politics, its endless covetousness, and its media outlets. The condition of our humanity is full-blown and dreary!