November 2009

From Minaret to Steeple

Why is the knowledge of history always the first casualty? Richard J. H. Gottheil. "The Origin and History of the Minaret". Journal of the American Oriental Society, Vol. 30, No. 2 (Mar., 1910): 152-4. It is a well-known fact that the early Christian basilica had no towers attached or superposed. The same is true of [...]

Swiss Holes

I wonder what the world would be saying if this game had the bearded fella sporting peyots along with that sporty 'stache. But since Muslims are the new (old) Jews, this sort of pure islamophobia will skip by without comment from the cognoscenti. Lest you think this is more generalized immigration phobia and not religiously [...]

Who is Zaid Hamid?

So, I turn to you, my collective hive brain. Who is this "Dr." "Prof." Zaid Hamid? He has, from most accounts, secured a niche similar to Glenn Beck in Pakistani media - combining ultra-nationalism with a taste for finding Zionist or Hindu involvement in the Pakistani sphere. Here he explains, for example, what truths lie [...]

Kulwant Roy

Who among us hasn't dreamed of unearthing rare historical treasures in old cast-aside trunks? Ok, maybe you haven't but I stay up all night dreaming such scenarios. Jeremy Kahn, Kulwant Roy: Indian history in a yellow crate of negatives, NYT, Tuesday, June 17, 2008. Also, some of the photos are on Outlook India. I especially [...]


A german nursery rhyme, that I just found. I need coffee, desperately. C-a-f-f-e-e / C-o-f-f-e-e C-a-f-f-e-e / C-o-f-f-e-e trink nicht so viel Caffee! / Don't drink so much coffee nicht für Kinder ist der Türkentrank / Not for children is this Turkish drink schwächt die Nerven / Weakens your nerves macht dich blaß lassen und [...]


Charles Taylor, The philosopher-citizen: In our time, we can almost fear that the public intellectual is an endangered species. On the one hand, the role can be trivialized by the proliferation of collective petitions for fashionable causes which it is very easy to sign. On the other, in the making of policy the intellectual is [...]

Delhi Sultanate

Ok, this is like catnip to me, you know? I just cannot resist. Taru Dalmia aka Delhi Sultanate transplanted from Germany to Hindoostan, lays them slow. I especially like Mental Slavery but 'tis not on youtube. Check it. [h/t Jahnavi P.]

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