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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Has Politics Let Us Off the Hook?

This post is part of a broader conversation on scholarship in Islamic Studies that was sparked by two recent articles, one by Omid Safi and one by Aaron Hughes. The Bulletin for the Study of Religion will be hosting a series of scholars in Islamic Studies weighing-in on this topic, so please stay tuned!

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Omar Khadr: A Muslim Between Canada and the West

Omar Khadr has had a lot written about him in the past decade, but particularly so in the weeks since he received a $10.5 million settlement from the Canadian government, as well as an apology. This settlement came out of a lawsuit that Khadr had launched against the Canadian government, based on a Supreme Court ruling that Khadr’s Charter rights as a citizen had been violated.

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Decoloniality and the Islamicate

Recalling the Caliphate was published in English towards the end of 2014. A few months before its publication, a caliphate had been proclaimed in the borderlands of what had been two Baathist states for almost forty years. At the time of writing, the territory of this self-styled caliphate has shrunk, its leadership has relocated, the rule of the Baathist-takfiri warlords seems to be receding in Iraq and Syria.

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There is No Islamophobic Elephant in This Room: A reflection on Houellebecq’s Submission and its reception

In 1868, a Prussian writer named Hermann Goedsche (pen name: Sir John Retcliffe) wrote a novel entitled Biarritz. This second-rate espionage story overflowing with cheap pornography and violence would have sunken into oblivion if it was not for one scene. That scene describes a meeting between the representatives of the twelve tribes of Israel in the Jewish Cemetery of Prague.

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