My home country celebrated its "independence" on Monday and my naturalized country celebrated its independence yesterday. I heard fireworks - thankfully for not too long, as they were later drowned out by the humming of the ceiling fan and the overwhelming power of drowsiness - but I did not see any. Thankfully again, neither I … Continue reading A week of independence
I just finished reading The Color Purple for the first time. The timing is no mere coincidence. Alice Walker is now getting some pretty bad press for her apparent endorsement of David Icke, a "professional conspiracy theorist" according to Wikipedia and whom critics call a Holocaust denier and anti-Semite, which of course he denies. But don't they … Continue reading One among many complicated figures: Alice Walker
Do you ever read books to understand the other side? I would take a wager and say most of us do not. I mean, why would we? If we believe we're in the right and the other side is wrong (which I think is human nature to some extent; otherwise, can you imagine how life … Continue reading On literally judging a book by its cover and why you should not… or maybe should?
Last night, I spoke to an adorable elderly white Methodist woman who had not only heard of Hyderabad, but had actually visited the city! Hyderabad has been on my mind quite a bit lately. First, it was the article we published in our journal examining theodicy and the Hyderabad Zakat & Charitable Trust - and … Continue reading Hyderabad on my mind
I just finished reading Leila Ahmed's A Border Passage last night. For those of you familiar with Leila Ahmed, you're probably thinking "Oh no!" or "Right on!" For those unfamiliar, Leila Ahmed is a controversial figure within Islamic Studies scholarship. Or maybe just with Muslims. I don't know. I honestly haven't really read too much … Continue reading On the importance of memoirs