9/11 commemorations: ritualizing and celebrating civilization rhetoric

Yesterday the tenth anniversary of 9/11 was commemorated in New York. Yet the commemorations started more than one week in advance with newspapers, TVs and magazine building up the momentum. There is little need to summarize the incredible amount of special dossiers, reports, commentaries and documentaries which have been written during these days for a... Continue Reading →

Burqu’ing freedom: the danger of ‘moral civilizing’

The year 2010 appears to be marked by the ‘war on burqas’ (the Switzerland minarets being an exception). While Belgium has formally moved to ban niqabs and burqas, Italy used regional laws to fine Muslim women using niqabs, and Quebec has imposed a ban for anyone wearing one to enter government places, including hospital and... Continue Reading →

Civilization in action? The Camden affair in OZ

  Opening prayer rooms, mosques, Muslim schools, or even kebab shops is becoming an issue of 'values', and I am not referring here to economic ones. The values are often referred to as  'western values' and they appear to come in various shapes and colors (Italian, Australian, American, British and so on).  Yet all have at least one similarity... Continue Reading →

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