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Orientalism

Dear BET Awards, Why Did You Think It Was Okay To Appropriate Asian Culture?

Anthony Berteaux | Posted 07.02.2016 | Black Voices
Anthony Berteaux

To be Asian-American today is to expect cultural appropriation -- and unabashed, openly celebrated Orientalism -- from a greater, whiter America with ...

Why South Asia Studies Faculty Are Wrong about Hindu "Revisionism" and Indian History in California's Schools

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 03.24.2016 | Education
Vamsee Juluri

If you are a teacher, school official, or perhaps even a student or parent in California, you have probably heard about the controversy that has raged for a decade about how India and Hinduism are depicted in California's History lessons.

The Way Policymakers Talk About Muslim Women Is Dangerous

Dr. Maha Hilal | Posted 03.17.2016 | Politics
Dr. Maha Hilal

While terrorism is a real problem in the world, it is also one that is socially constructed as perpetrated by Muslims and Muslims alone. This leads to dangerous and problematic stereotypes and tropes of Islam and Muslims.

Trump and the Islamophobia Imaginary

Hatem Bazian | Posted 03.15.2016 | Politics
Hatem Bazian

The Islamophobic imaginary reduces everything related to Islam and Muslims into a singular frame that is negative. Trump's primary source of information is TV news and talk shows, which illustrate the total saturation of the public atmosphere with Islamophobia discourses.

The West Needs a Large Dose of Humility

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 02.09.2016 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

What we have today is a West that is retreating militarily and shrinking economically, yet one that still speaks as the lord and master in command of the fates of nations and continents.

Why India needs Pakistan for Its identity

Haroon Khalid | Posted 02.08.2016 | World
Haroon Khalid

I first visited India in 2011, a country that I had long romanticised in my imagination. I had envisioned India to be everything Pakistan is not - sec...

Dear Coldplay & Beyonce: India Is Not An Orientalist Fantasy

Reva Bhatt | Posted 02.04.2016 | Entertainment
Reva Bhatt

If Coldplay's "Hymn for the Weekend" is the theme music for your upcoming weekend, let us stop you right there. The music video takes the complexity and vastness of Indian culture and squeezes it into the long-romanticized Western narrative of said culture.

What I've Realized As an American Muslim Living in the Midwest

Rawan AbuShaban | Posted 01.22.2016 | Religion
Rawan AbuShaban

Living in the Midwest, I realize that the humanity of Muslims is best displayed just by being there. Better than an image of a random person, you witness me.

Remembering Art Historian Gerald M. Ackerman

F. Scott Hess | Posted 01.06.2016 | Arts
F. Scott Hess

To lose a dear friend leaves a hole in the life of each who loved him. Losing the well of wisdom that is a great mind leaves gaps in the fabric of civilization, one of the great tragedies of human mortality.

Edward Said and the Problem of the Harem

Steve Gertz | Posted 12.17.2015 | Religion
Steve Gertz

The harem is an institution that we need to know about and take seriously. Moreover, given that polygamy is today permitted and practiced in many Muslim nations, the harem is still a relevant subject.

Where Did Islam Come From (and Does it Matter)?

Tanvir Akhtar Ahmed | Posted 12.17.2015 | Religion
Tanvir Akhtar Ahmed

Islam is not nearly as alien as some have made it out to be. It was born in the greater Hellenistic world of Late Antiquity, and has always been in conversation with the traditions it has encountered.

Coming to Terms With Islam's Contradictions

Ken Chitwood | Posted 11.16.2015 | Religion
Ken Chitwood

The uncomfortable truth is that essentialized conceptualizations that say "Islam = violence" or "Islam = peace" are insensitive to the alterations and negotiations that characterizes lived Islam in interaction with myriad Muslim constituencies and non-Muslim actors.

Erdogan, Sisi and Western Hypocrisy

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 11.05.2015 | Politics
Soumaya Ghannoushi

A funereal atmosphere descended over western capitals with the announcement of Turkey's parliamentary elections' results, widely described in European and American media as a "shock" and a "black day for Turkey." The picture painted appeared very bleak, as a stream of reports, editorials and op-eds by opposition figures warned of a "return to autocracy and despotism" and declared the outcome as a threat to the "survival of democracy" in the country.

Museum's 'Kimono Wednesdays' Cancelled After Claims Of Racism

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 07.09.2015 | Arts

"Kimono Wednesdays" sounds more like an ill-advised sorority ritual than sanctioned museum programming. And yet, this month, at the MFA Boston, museum...

Understanding Sufi Spirituality

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted 06.01.2016 | Religion
Liaquat Ali Khan

In 2012, a militant group wielding crude shovels and pickaxes damaged the ancient Sufi shrines in Timbuktu, Mali. The militant group, known as Ansar Dine (Defenders of Faith), attacked the city's ancient mosques and mausoleums associated with local Sufis, arguing that shrine worshipping is offensive to Shariah.

Why We Need Persistent Questioning About Civilian Deaths By Drones

Priya Satia | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Priya Satia

Before Nepal and Baltimore seized headlines, news that a CIA drone strike mistakenly killed an innocent American hostage in January momentarily energized our meager debate on drones. It is time for us, as Americans, to exercise our responsibility as citizens and take control of the debate.

These 21st Century Harem Portraits Break All The Rules

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 02.11.2015 | Arts

In his landmark book, Orientalism, the late scholar Edward Said wrote of "exteriority," a disconnect between the traveler's fantasies and reality. Rea...

American Sniper and the Muslim 'Savage'

Todd Green, Ph.D. | Posted 04.11.2015 | Religion
Todd Green, Ph.D.

Does American Sniper deserve special condemnation for its portrayals of Muslims? No, not special condemnation, particularly when you consider Hollywood's history. But the film's troubling depiction of Muslims deserves far more critical scrutiny than many journalists and film reviewers have been willing to give it.

First World Ignorance

Rebecca Tinsley | Posted 04.11.2015 | Impact
Rebecca Tinsley

Perhaps we should also ask a simple question about the rights of a woman in any given society: can she determine when she has children, and how many of them she will have? If she cannot, then what use are her supposed positions of honor or status? But come to think of it, shouldn't that right extend to women in the so-called developed first world, too?

'The Interview': No Laughing Matter

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 03.10.2015 | Entertainment
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

Why did Sony decide to produce such a satirical, comedy about North Korea and its leader? That will be my perpetual question as stereotyping continues within the western world against Asians. This Orientalism and the concept that the East is weak, feminine, and seeking domination need to be eliminated from western mindset.

Halloween: The Season for Culturally-Insensitive Fashion

Nadia Dawisha | Posted 12.30.2014 | Impact
Nadia Dawisha

Halloween: the season of candy corn, pumpkins and culturally-insensitive costumes. Over the last few years, images of these costumes have spread through social media, sparking heated debates about cultural appropriation and how seemingly innocuous "fashion statements" can indeed hurt.

The Bitter Tea of General Yen Inaugurates Stanwyck Retrospective at Film Forum

Francis Levy | Posted 02.08.2014 | Entertainment
Francis Levy

Is all romance a Shavian phenomenon? It's interesting that Shaw never consummated his marriage since he seems to know so much about the mysterious com...

How We View The Middle East, From YouTube Clips To 19th Century Orientalist Paintings

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 11.21.2013 | Arts

How do westerners view the Middle East? Iranian-born artist and filmmaker Shoja Azari explores the complexity of the question in his exhibition "Fake ...

Verdi's Egypt

Mena Mark Hanna | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Mena Mark Hanna

Today, Egypt is troubled. As my country becomes more politically polarized, sectarian violence continues to rock its society.

The Wolverines' Burden: Orientalism and the Superhero

Susan J. Napier | Posted 10.20.2013 | Arts
Susan J. Napier

In a sense the movie is trying to solve a problem -- the destabilization of American masculine identity, a destabilization that was signaled by 9/11 and the Middle East mire but is also deeply tied to the rise of the Asian economies.