“… in the Arab culture, the shoe is considered an insult…” oh, schadenfreude.
Even the broad intellectual grouping known as Subaltern Studies hasn’t taken domestic work into account, save for the occasional moment when a conversation with a servant provides the researcher with an anecdote or factoid to motivate an essay on some profound question or other.
There are lots of nice bits in that piece. Also Pankaj Mishra finds it necessary to defend Adiga (but manages to do a piss-poor job – SS did not call Siegel an “Indian” but an “Indologist”. A mis-reading that Lee Siegel will thoroughly enjoy). [via H-ASIA]
I am huge admirer of these fine historians. In addition to her scholarship on antiquity and medieval Indian history, Thapar is the pre-eminent public intellectual with a staunch commitment to a secular India. Her work leading up to, and after, the 1992 Babri Masjid riots is one of the clearest acts of public bravery by a historian. Peter Brown’s lucid prose has often been gushed up at CM. So Awesome!
There are better profiles at the LoC site.
I wish Angelina Jolie would just stay at that charpai and solve all our problems, with her ballpoint pen.
In related news, CM was nominated for Best South Asian Blog at Brass Crescent Awards. Go look see at the best of Muslim-themed dishes the blog kitchen has to offer. I picked up a number of new reads.
I am also co-judging the annual Cliopatria Awards, for best in history. More on that, in a month or so.