March 2010

To Istanbul We Go

A: So, you going to visit Istanbul? Maybe, I think so. I am banking on E. getting there, this summer. And then following along. A: There was this Kulfi wallah near me. In Lahore? A: Yeah, a few lanes down from us. He was famous, the best Kulfis you would ever eat. People would come [...]

Association for Asian Studies 2010

I am headed to Philadelphia, my fav. other-Chicago, for the annual Association for Asian Studies meeting. I am on a panel on Thursday: 7:30pm-9:30pm. National Culture and Belonging in Pakistan, chaired by A. Sean Pue, Michigan State University. Grand Ballroom Salon J - “Chale Chalo ke Voh Manzil Abhi Nahin Aai”: Progressive Writers Attempt to [...]

On the Sink of Specie

I am putting together a reading list for next term, and thought it might be fun (under this whole rejuvenated CM lately) to post some more primary source reading. Below is an editorial from NYT. It is quite a remarkable document for a number of reasons, not least that it was written in NY- the [...]


Maya Yazigi, "Defense and Validation in Shi'i and Sunni Tradition: The Case of Muḥammad b. Abī Bakr" Studia Islamica, No. 98/99 (2004), pp. 49-70 One further factor needs to be taken into account. The horrific death that Muhammad b. Abi Bakr met in Egypt at the hands of Mu'āwiya's men made him a perfect exemplar [...]

Nights I have Missed Out On

Stephen Merritt: Tiny Tim was, like yourself, a song historian. Well, he had a pick-up band who had not rehearsed at all, I think. And what he did was play three chord cycles over and over again, and sing on top of that. The songs from the entire 20th century and part of the 19th [...]

The Apocalypses of Zaid Hamid

I have a new piece up at The Review, Pakistan's new paranoia, on Zaid Hamid. A man named Zaid Hamid, who has perhaps done more than anyone else to promote the new narrative of national victimhood, says that he has a clear answer. We are, he argues, living in the apocalyptic end-times – and Pakistan [...]

Of Dice and Men

I have now discovered Do not get angry, Dude in Germany along w/ a commemorative stamp. It was invented by the clerk Josef Friedrich Schmidt (1871-1948) for his three children and then commercialized in 1914. [originally published Aug 30, 2005 @ 9:03] This falls squarely in the well-established tradition, here at CM, of wasting time. [...]

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