Movies

Is this the end of Iranian cinema?

Is this the end of Iranian cinema?

I have had occasions to reflect on the fate of what we can now call a post-national cinema, a proposition not so outlandish in the heightened age of transnational globalisation. The idea is based on a conception of national cinemas, or any other national cultural movement, as predicated on national traumas. The leading Iranian film-maker […]

February 20, 2015 Hamid Dabashi 0 Comments Read More →
Prophet’s Childhood: Majidi’s Take the Talk of Tinseltown

Prophet’s Childhood: Majidi’s Take the Talk of Tinseltown

The cinema world is waiting with bated breath to see MajidMajidi’s take on the Prophet Muhammad’s eventful life. The film had hogged limelight mainly for two reasons: first, the focus of his film is on the Prophet’s childhood; so it would be the first attempt to bring the childhood of the Prophet on screen. Also, […]

February 3, 2015 Saad Salmi. AP 0 Comments Read More →
Big Screen 2014

Big Screen 2014

Interstellar, Christopher Nolan Christopher Nolan is a name synonymous with super-realism or sci-fi surrealism. The Nolanisation of cinema was inaugurated by his Inception,a film about dreams and a dystopian condition in which dreams could be manipulated. The gloomy streets of Gotham-a bridge between the fantastical and the commonplace-are now grounds of countless fancies within the […]

December 31, 2014 Navas Machingal 0 Comments Read More →

Books

Politics for Future to Come

Politics for Future to Come

Books The Impossible State: Islam, Politics, and Modernity’s Moral Predicament By Wael Hallaq Recalling the Caliphate: Decolonisation and World Order By Salman Sayyid On the heels of Francis Fukuyama’s two books about political order, which maintains, even after the renowned author’s so-called spurning of neo-conservatism, that a strong, modern political order can ensure stability and […]

February 13, 2015 Shameer.KS 0 Comments Read More →
‘Guantanamo Diary’: An Account of Justice Detained

‘Guantanamo Diary’: An Account of Justice Detained

Casualties in the wake of war on terror and blind apprehensions in the name of detaining ‘terrorists’ have started to come out in the form of first person narratives.  What makes Mohammsdou Ould Slahi’s Guantanamo Diary stand out from similar titles like My Guantanamo Diary: The Detainees and the Stories They Told Me (2008) is […]

January 31, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
The legacy of Kufa

The legacy of Kufa

A’lamuKufa, (Masters of Kufa), an encyclopedic work by Iraqi historian Sayyid Mudar Al Hulw, covers a long sweep of history from the early seventh century, when the city became a bustling encampment town under the sway of the burgeoning Islamic Caliphate to its more recent history under the Ottoman Empire in the early 20th century […]

January 8, 2015 Nafih Wafy 0 Comments Read More →

Person in Focus

Mercan Dede says he’s like a vagabond reed flute

Mercan Dede says he’s like a vagabond reed flute

DJ Arkın Allen, aka Mercan Dede, is back in the limelight with a new album following a six-year break since his last studio release. Released this month via Onearth Records, “Dünya” (Earth) is the newest offering from the 47-year-old musician, born Arkın Ilıcalı in 1966 in Bursa, and known in Turkey and around the world […]

December 4, 2014 Mercan Dede 0 Comments Read More →

Food

International Coffee & Tea Festival

International Coffee & Tea Festival

Having probably originated in China during the Shang dynasty as a medicinal drink, it took tea almost 3000 years to become an everyday drink. An early credible record of tea drinking dates to the 3rd century AD, in a medical text written by Hua Tuo. Tea was first introduced to Portuguese priests and merchants in […]

November 20, 2014 Navas Machingal 0 Comments Read More →

Blogging Verses

The Spiritual Wardrobe

The Spiritual Wardrobe

Once a Sufi was asked why he wore blue robe. He replied: “The Prophet left us three things: poverty, knowledge and sword. The sword was taken by kings, who misused it; knowledge was chosen by scholars, who were satisfied with merely teaching it; poverty was chosen by dervishes, who made it a means of enriching […]

June 30, 2014 A.K ABDUL MAJEED 0 Comments Read More →

Fiction Shelf

Haruki Murakami on Writing Novels and Bob Dylan

Haruki Murakami on Writing Novels and Bob Dylan

Author Haruki Murakami has continued to answer 20 to 30 questions per day on his temporary ‘ask-me-anything’-style website, which has received more than 30,000 messages from fans according to organizers. Although the website stopped taking any new questions on Jan. 31, the author is scheduled to continue posting his replies until about late March. In […]

February 27, 2015 Jun Hongo 0 Comments Read More →

Guest Column

The Colonial Lineage of Charlie Hebdo

The Colonial Lineage of Charlie Hebdo

In the 1995 neo-noir ‘The Usual Suspects‘, Kevin Spacey, playing the role of a con-man affected by cerebral palsy, rephrases Charles Baudelaire in a memorable one-liner: “The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” This line can be seen overtly rephrased again and again ever since 9/11 and is […]

January 30, 2015 Shaheen.k. Moidunni 0 Comments Read More →
The Caste History of Ghar Wapasi

The Caste History of Ghar Wapasi

Today there are a lot of debates and analyses on Ghar Wapasi and Love Jihad in the media. It is to be noted in this context that these are social phenomena that can be traced back to the late 19th century. It was around this time that the Brahmins and savarnas, who had stood along […]

January 19, 2015 Jenny Rowena 0 Comments Read More →
I Am Not Charlie Hebdo

I Am Not Charlie Hebdo

The journalists at Charlie Hebdo are now rightly being celebrated as martyrs on behalf of freedom of expression, but let’s face it: If they had tried to publish their satirical newspaper on any American university campus over the last two decades it wouldn’t have lasted 30 seconds. Student and faculty groups would have accused them […]

January 13, 2015 David Brooks 0 Comments Read More →
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