Muslims face prejudice, but Muslims from the Caucasus face a particular kind of...– Sarah Kendzior, “The Wrong Kind Of Causcasian,” Al Jazeera 4/21/13 (via racialicious)
Most immediately, this [Boston] incident will greatly strengthen the...– Context and Contact: Exploring Agents of Influence in the Boston Attacks. (via theamericanbear)
Stop the presses: NYT claims Indians kiss! →
OMG, Indians kiss! This groundbreaking revelation was unearthed by the New York Timesjust in time for Valentine’s Day. … Indian couples have been kissing long before the New York Times or the Washington Post‘discovered’ the same. Yes, bolder displays of public affection in bars or nightclubs are becoming more frequent, though only with a minority. But for most Indians, canoodling in public...
Muslim Women In History: kawrage: azadistan:... →
kawrage: azadistan: “Whereas they —white women, Christian women, Jewish women— could rethink their heritage and religions and traditions, we had to abandon ours because they were just intrinsically, essentially, and irredeemably misogynist and patriarchal in a way that theirs (…
Why the West won't watch Bollywood →
faineemae: So says a 2001 article from Smithsonian magazine about the rise in popularity of the Indian movie industry, a.k.a. “Bollywood,” in the West during the 1990s. And this is the general assumption many in the First World like to make about Indian film: that it is an escapist genre, and that all the poor people of South Asia need to be happy is three hours of brightly colored...
How times change | →
Here is an advert for the position of Imam of the Grand Mosque in Istanbul at the time of Sultan Suleyman who ruled the Ottoman Empire from 1520 - 1566. To have mastered the languages of Arabic, Latin, Turkish and Persian. To have mastered the Qur’an, the bible and the torah. To be a scholar in Shari’ah and Fiqh. To have mastered physics and mathematics up to teaching standard. To be a master of...
Hindu Nationalists Admire Nazis and Israel in... →
Nazi memorabilia, including Adolf Hitler’s biography Mein Kampf, are growing in popularity in India, according to the BBC. The marketing chief of Crossword, a national chain of book stores in India, told the BBC that Mein Kampf has “been a consistent bestseller for us.” At Mumbai bookstores located in upscale neighborhoods, the Hitler book sales have risen sharply from 40-50...
In India, Businesses Named After Hitler Defend... →
What’s wrong with naming your business after Adolf Hitler? So asks Rajesh Shah, the co-owner of Hitler, a menswear store in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, which opened earlier this month. Mr. Shah said in a telephone interview that his shop is named after his business partner’s grandfather, who was nicknamed Hitler after he acted the role in a college play. The name stuck, owing to the grandfather’s...
Republican National Convention Enlists First Sikh... →
An American Sikh is scheduled to speak Wednesday at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., the first time the party has invited a Sikh to speak at a national convention. Ishwar Singh, head of the Sikh Society of Central Florida, will give the invocation on Wednesday evening, according to the most recent scheduleavailable. Tropical Storm Isaac has disrupted some of the Republicans’...
Let me start by sharing a little from my own humble life. When I was four and...– Ananya Mukherjea, indo chic
One day you will ask me which is more important? My life or yours? I will say...– Khalil Gibran (via thepathofabeliever)
America's worst historians →
Thomas Jefferson wasn’t trying to pull the wool over anyone’s eyes when he directly borrowed John Locke’s ideas and language to declare the principle of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” But, by definition, we could call what he did plagiarism. The major moral lesson to be taken from the Fareed Zakaria scandal is not what the media focused on this past week. Yes, he lifted material...
Frankly, we in the history business wish we could take out a restraining order...– ANDREW BURSTEIN AND NANCY ISENBERG from “American’s worst historians”
Indians Celebrate Id al-Fitr →
Delhi Dabbles in Molecular Cuisine →
Flavored foam, soy caviar and square stuffing. Is India’s restaurant scene ready for molecular gastronomy? This is a question we kept asking ourselves when we visited Azimuth, the restaurant attached to New Delhi’s blueFROG, a popular music venue. It’s not the first time we’ve come across this kind of cuisine in New Delhi: As more upscale restaurants open their doors in the capital, it is...
Hangouts for Delhi Hipsters →
Even in Delhi, possibly one of most hipster-unfriendly cities on the planet – for starters, they can only wear their skinny jeans for about three months of the year, the rest of time it’s a recipe for a yeast infection – there are now hotspots where hipsters, both homegrown and visiting ones, can feel quite at home.
All Muslims celebrating eid on one day, love when the community is united :)
If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are...– Lao Tzu (via hellanne)
I never really understood why some mosques are so comfortable in creating spaces...– Imam Khalid Latif