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
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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
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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
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Books

Political Imaginations of Muhammad Iqbal

Political Imaginations of Muhammad Iqbal

Muhammad Iqbal (d.1938) was one of the significant Muslim intellectuals in the colonial India. He was an orator, writer, poet, campaigner and philosopher. The Political Philosophy of Muhammad Iqbal: Islam and Nationalism in Late Colonial India, a new study on the poet-philosopher by Iqbal Singh Sevea analyses the political dimension of the Iqbal’s philosophy. Sevea develops […]

April 9, 2015 K. Ashraf
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Hisham Matar: The Politics of Oedipal Fears

Hisham Matar: The Politics of Oedipal Fears

I chanced upon Hisham Matar as an implied reader of Borges. An implied reader, as Wolfgang Iser defines, is the real reader that a literary work requires, whom the author expects and who meets the expectations of the work. When Hisham reads Borges’ ‘short story’ Shakespeare’s Memory for the New Yorker Fiction Podcast, I imagine […]

April 9, 2015 Shameer. KS
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Guest Column

Adonis: Words that Met Stars

Adonis: Words that Met Stars

A December dusk with cool breeze wafting all along. The 16th Doha International Book Fair was all set to begin. The pivot of Cultural programmes, a key event in the fair, is the chief guest Adonis, the most remarkable Arab poet of this era. A Khayma (tent) has been specially erected on the sidelines of […]

May 12, 2015 V.A Kabeer
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Unrest in Yemen: Beyond Sunni-Shia Cliches

Unrest in Yemen: Beyond Sunni-Shia Cliches

‘Sectarian’ is the trait adjective in the media coverage on the contemporary conflicts in the North African/West Asian regions. However, by ‘sectarian’ they rarely mean the much-too familiar racial or communal sectarianism, but rather than religious sectarianism partitioned between the Sunnis and Shias. Why the word sectarianism acquires such an instant translation should be discussed […]

April 14, 2015 K. Ashraf
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Fashion blogger Dina Torkia: ‘There’s a fear factor around the hijab’

Fashion blogger Dina Torkia: ‘There’s a fear factor around the hijab’

In a lot of ways, Dina Torkia is a typical fashion blogger. The 25-year-old’s Days of Dolls site is full of pictures of her trying out new trends against an urban backdrop and has the usual smattering of self-promotion (for her recently launched clothing range). Torkia – who blogs under the name Tokio – also has the […]

March 19, 2015 Lauren Cochrane
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