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Self-governing as doubling?


The assumption of ‘self governing’ requires a doubling of sorts.  Must it be built on a splitting of the self into its governing and the governed elements, into subject and object, into soul as separate from the body.  To become an ethical subject capable of governing me as an ethical object, I should be able to step away from myself. Rhetorical consistency requires […]

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The notion of citizenship in Islam


Bernard Lewis claims that the idea of citizenship is alien to Islamic political culture. There isn’t even a word for it.  I do not know of a possible transliteration of the word ‘citizen’ in Arabic.  In urdu, however, ‘shehri’ seems to be a very close transliteration.  But was the word shehri not also used for […]

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Glenn Beck likens Norwegian dead to Hitler youth | Media | The Guardian


Glenn Beck does it again!  Read the Guardian report below, particularly its last paragraph: Glenn Beck, the rightwing US broadcaster and Tea Party favourite, has compared those who were massacred on the Norwegian island of Utøya to the Nazi party’s youth wing. “There was a shooting at a political camp, which sounds a little like […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Decisions on Education: Zorach v. Clauson


This court case is an example of the ways in which religious education arrived at a truce with public [secular] education in the case of United States. Under § 3210 of the New York Education Law and the regulations thereunder, New York City permits its public schools to release students during school hours, on written requests […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Decisions on Education: Illinois ex rel. McCollum v. Board of Education of School District


This decision is another striking example of the struggle between the ‘secular’ and ‘religious’ in the arena of public education.  In this instance, a tax payer challenged the religious classes provided to some pupils on the premises of public schools. With the permission of a board of education, granted under its general supervisory powers over […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Decisions on Education: West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette


In a number of subsequent posts, I will be quoting from the syllabi of the key U.S. Supreme court decisions related to education, to highlight the ways in which the court interpreted the U.S. constitution on cases involving the stake of state in public education. This particular court case is an  example of the struggle […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Decisions on Education: Minersville School District v. Board of Education


This particular court case is also an  example of the struggle between the state boards of education introducing the mandatory saluting of the U.S. flags and people who did not want to obey these mandates because of the religious reasons. The nationalism and its symbols were being contested for precisely the same reasons for which they […]

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Chipping Away of the Secular Order?


Below are some [possible] premises about the connections between secular order and mass public education followed by some questions based on them about its possible dismantling. Premises: 1. Mass education and [a secular] nation state has emerged in tandem with each other over a period of, let us say, last 200 years or so. 2. […]

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