Here's a new review essay on German Marxist philosopher Ernst Bloch and his intriguing book Avicenna and the Aristotelian Left. It's long been an interest of mine… Read more "The Materialism of Warm-Stream Marxism: Ernst Bloch on Ibn Sina"
You can attend a workshop I’m pleased to offer on the topic of “Islam and Psychoanalysis” at Georgetown University. Here are the details and a link to…… Read more “Colloquium Workshop: “Islam and Psychoanalysis””
What if Trump’s upcoming speech in Saudi Arabia signifies a shift at the level of discourse — one that effectively propels international relations into a new, post clash…… Read more “A post clash of civilizations framework?”
Review of The Psychopolitics of the Oriental Father: Between Omnipotence and Emasculation by Bülent Somay
Sayyid Qutb famously argued that Islam is in a state of jahaliya, or pre-Islamic ignorance in the modern world. This condition was total, extending both within and… Read more "Islam as Empty Signifier and the Caliphate as Zero Institution: On Sayyid’s Recalling the Caliphate"
I have a new essay on Wael Hallaq's book, The Impossible State: Islam, Politics, and Modernity’s Moral Predicament at the very excellent publication Society for Contemporary Thought and the Islamicate… Read more "Excerpt: Thinking Islamic Governance with Continental Philosophy"
The political philosopher Charles Taylor made an excellent observation recently when he pointed out that in those instances when multiculturalism fails to in its effort to promote… Read more "The Veil in Islam: A Psychoanalytic Perspective"
Is what Freud did to Judaism in Moses and Monotheism taking place in the work of Fethi Benslama, a leading Lacanian Islamic studies scholar today?
American religious history is a vicious beast. Americans know how to demonize the other. A look at the historical record makes today's Islamophobia feel lightweight by comparison… Read more "Bigotry Towards the Other Islam of America: Mormonism"
In the literature on psychoanalysis and Islam there are two general paradigms of the subject. These two paradigms are primarily limited because they limit the question of… Read more "Two Paradigms of Islam and Psychoanalysis"