Blogging again?

frustrated-writer11 My last post in this blog was two years ago. It has been a long time with many things happening in my life, both in the personal and academically sphere. I used to spend lots of time writing the ‘right’ blog post. They used to look like mini simplified academic articles. Yet the process was time-consuming and I also started to have a sort of disillusion about blogging in general. I have to admit that many readers have contacted me and declared that they missed the blog. I am still unsure whether I will start writing again in this blog, mainly because to maintain the blog visible one has to pop-out a least one post a day or one is lost in the ocean of opinions. At the same time, I think that as an academics, I should try not to imprison myself in the Ivory Tower which increasingly has become a solitary confinement of burocracy.

Yet the process was time-consuming and I also started to have a sort of disillusion about blogging in general. I have to admit that many readers have contacted me and declared that they missed the blog. I am still unsure whether I will start writing again in this blog, mainly because to maintain the blog visible one has to pop-out a least one post a day or one is lost in the ocean of opinions. At the same time, I think that as an academics, I should try not to imprison myself in the Ivory Tower which increasingly has become a solitary confinement of bureaucracy.

So here a compromise: I think I will restart my blog but it will be more an opinion blog which sheds even it is last academic skin and the post will be shorter- most of then- and written at impromptus instead with the chisel.
I hope this new version of the blog will find you still interested and that we can restart engaging in dialogues and debates.

Italy: do not ask for a mosque but rather smoke your daily weed

It would be a good news, among the bad, if you were a Baye Faal Muslim of Gambia and, with your Muslim Rasta dreadlocks and ready to enjoy your daily dose of wisdom weed. Indeed, today you would have come to know that the Italian State, controlled by not-so-post fascist parties, may not allow you to have a real mosque to pray in, and oppose your constitutional right to have your freedom of religion respected, but recognise your right, as Bayee Faaal Muslim, to have your Afghani weed.
Today the Italian Cassazione (High Court) has decided that Rastafarians are allowed to posses and smoke high quantities of Marijuana (read here for an English short version of the story) despite the very restrictive Italian law. Continue reading

The Anthropology of Islam

Finally my second book, The Anthropology of Islam, will be available at the end of this month. I wish to share with you a short excerpt from the beginning of the Introduction. This is an Elenchos (from the ancient Greek ’έλεγχος) which refers to question–answer dialogue that aims to clarify a topic through deconstructing other arguments; in this case, how‘Islam’ may be understood within the field of anthropology: Continue reading