Secular criticism is “an experimental, often interrogative practice, alert to contingencies and skeptical toward whatever escapes the worldly”; particularly, it is skeptical toward any notion of “authority that is assumed to emerge from elsewhere,” toward any knowledge “presented as sovereign, unmarked by whatever social-historical institution actually possesses it” ….
by Susan Buck-Morss ~ This essay criticizes Ahmet Davutoğlu’s proposal that Islamic civilization complete the “unfinished project of modernity” (Jürgen Habermas), by challenging the concept of civilization itself. As scholars in multiple disciplines have demonstrated, civilizations are hybrid constructions that… Read More ›
b2 continues Legacies of the Future with RA Judy‘s “Gods Always Fail: Said as an Index for Secular Humanism, the Arab Revolution, and Frantz Fanon,” and QS Tong‘s “The Question of Tibet and Orientalism.”
A film by Bruce Robbins, Some of My Best Friends Are Zionists, featured here in continuation of b2‘s Legacies of the Future: On the Life and Work of Edward Said.
Coverage of The University of Cape Town’s “Africa Theorises” has arrived – a conversation between our esteemed colleague Anthony Bogues and the renowned scholar Achille Mbembe. Topics include the “redrawing of the global intellectual map,” the “flight from theory” and… Read More ›
The Global and Local Re-packaging and Marketing of a “moderate” Islamist leader , Mohamed-Salah Omri
This is the second paper by Omri on the developing politics after the “Arab Spring.” “In Tunisia, the resigning former Prime Minister and Al Nahda leader, Hamadi Jebali, is being groomed for a presidential role by his party as well… Read More ›
Aamir Mufti brings the historic Bandung Conference into the scope of the conversation. A part of b2‘s series on The Life and Work of Edward Said. __ cover photo: Gedung Merdeka in Bandung
Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, Brown University