Archive | February, 2011

Egyptian Revolution, Muslim Brotherhood, and Empty Signifiers…


The Egyptian uprising has brought together differences within the Egyptian society overrunning them by an overwhelmingly unifying rhetoric.  Tahrir square has become an unmistakable symbol of this integration. In its statement today, Muslim Brotherhood (MB) minced no words in emphasizing that it was part of a national movement for all Egyptian people. The statement was […]

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Academic Work: Arguments or Policy Advocacy?


Stanley Fish, the American literary theorist and legal scholar, argues that academic work is not policy advising.  The kind of questions that are raised in academic work may appear as policy relevant, but the driving force is not to seek solution to policy problems.  Rather, it is to wrestle with theoretical puzzles. Using a recent conference […]

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Slavoj Zizek and Tariq Ramadan on Aljazeera


By presenting left as the only viable alternative to a polar choice between ‘Western liberalism’ and the so-called “Islamic Extremism,” isn’t Zizek foreclosing all other ways of thinking about change in both the so-called Western and Islamic worlds? Isn’t the language being used continues to be a captive of the terms such as ‘liberalism, fundamentalism, and […]

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Egypt, Foreign Aid, and Pakistan


The recent uprising in Egypt has raised all kinds of questions about the relationship between the Western and middle-eastern governments and populations.  Among several others, the question of handling of aid from bi-lateral aid agencies such as USAID, DFID, and others has also come under scrutiny.  David Rieff, the analyst at TNR, was rather ruthless […]

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A Question about the attitudes of Indian Muslim elite toward mass education and their conequences


One of my friends gave following as the reason for the abysmal failure of the state in Pakistan to put in place a functional system of public education: leadership is at the heart of the failure in education. Implication: good and smart leadership can resolve the problems.” Elaborating on this further in his note to […]

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