Islam as Transgression: Kekistan, the Alt-Right and Islamophobia

“Normies, out… Reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee” (Big Man Tyrone, 2017). With that quite bizarre war cry, my first experience of the nation known as Kekistan ended. I couldn’t believe what I had seen. A group of trolls and self-described shitposters had come together under the flag, religion and history of a completely fictional nation known as Kekistan. A little more investigation led me to the Youtuber who started the Kekistani meme: Sargon of Akkad.

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The Islamophobia of Buddhist Terror? Why Language Matters

Muslims in Myanmar are experiencing ethnic cleansing and Islamophobic violence. By whom and why? The history of the minority Rohingya Muslim community in Myanmar goes back centuries. In recent years, there has been violence by non-state actors, the ethnic Rakhine Buddhists who are attempting to purify their country of the “impure” Rohingyan Muslims.They have been supported tacitly by the Myanmar state and their Noble Peace Prize-winning statesman, Aung San Suu Kyi.

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I am Not your Muslim

It was shortly after the murder that took place against journalists of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, in Paris in January 2015, that I was invited to the famous Austrian TV debate on Sunday evening. They had invited a group of people to discuss ‘Europe in Fear: The End of Tolerance?’ following the attacks, which were perpetrated by what we commonly refer to today as Jihadist terrorism.

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The Meaning of Pakistan

Richard Bulliet observes that without the Islamic Revolution, Iran would be a very similar country to Pakistan. That is, Iran would be a country dominated by an elite that is globally integrated, internationally oriented and culturally separated from most of its population. This elite would present itself as being liberal and modern, but it would, at the same time, contrive to ensure that ordinary people would have minimal access to education, healthcare, public infrastructure, and justice (Bulliet, 2017).

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Coloniality and Liberal Angst in Pakistan

As Pakistan approaches the 70th anniversary of its independence, Nawaz Sharif Pakistan’ Prime Minister and leader of its leading political party stepped down last month. It was the third time that Shariff failed to finish his term of office as Prime Minister. The country’s Supreme Court launched an investigation on corruption charges against now ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family after the infamous Panama Papers were leaked in April 2016.

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The Black Prince and Coloniality

The Black Prince is a film about Maharaja Duleep Singh and the British Empire, set in the late 1800s. It is based on real life events. Duleep Singh, the heir to Ranjit Singh’s Sikh kingdom in Punjab (which covered parts of both present day Pakistan and India), was taken from his mother, Maharani Jind Kaur, by the British when he a child and sent to England in 1848.

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