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Towards a Non-State Centric Understanding of Iraqi History
While reading historian Eric Davis's Memories of the State, I came across his description about how the British colonizers favored a compliant chess piece, Faisel II, and his regent, Prince Abdullah among the successors for the Hashemite royal family in the...

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Social Relations and Sexual Assault
Yesterday a scholar came from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst to
speak on her research work on sex workers of Bombay. Her main concern is that
most legal and policy discourses do not take into account the differences in
terms they use and the terms ...

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Access to the Iraqi Field
In between a trip to Prague, I have been reading books on the modern history of Iraq, the legal history of women's rights in Iraq, and biographical narratives of diasporic Iraqi women. This coming month also marks the 3rd year since the last time I was in B...

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A Layover in Mumbai: Thoughts on Humiliation
On my return journey to Germany from South Asia, I booked my flight from Kathmandu to Mumbai to Amsterdam to Hamburg. It was quite a journey, not to mention the eight-hour layover I had at Mumbai Airport. Luckily, I met some fellow travelers ( humsafar ) on...

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Tamil Nadu Politics and Bullfighting (Jallikattu)
This is one of the reflections I wrote on a 10-day school trip to Tamil Nadu in February, organized by University of  Göttingen. We traveled to Tamil Nadu during a very crucial time in its political history. The key figure of the Dravidian ruling party All ...

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Islamic Ethics and Friendship
Both scholars Talal Asad and Saba Mahmood have studied the Islamic Revival in Egypt and noted the pedagogical value of ritual. Asad writes : What Shaykh Usama was trying to describe was thus more interesting than the disapproval of my friends in Cairo. What...
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