Secularisme en Religie in de samenleving – een verslag

Ik was uitgenodigd om in een panel te zitten bij een debat over de positie van religie in de samenleving samen met Fatima Elatik (stadsdeelvoorzitter Oost), Cor Bon (directeur Mozes en Aäronkerk), Rachel Reedijk (antropologe en secretaris van de commissie dialoog van de Liberaal Joodse Gemeente) en Yassin el Forkani (jongerenimam). Een kort verslag. Continue Reading →

Live: Islamophobia Production and Re-Defining Global 'Security' conference

The Center for Race and Gender at the University of California, Berkeley, Organization of Islamic Conference, Council on American-Islamic Relations, and GTU’s Center for Islamic Studies will host a two-day conference focusing on the growing Islamophobia phenomena in the United States and its impacts on American Muslims and relations with the Muslim world. At present the airwaves, news, T.V. sho Continue Reading →

Masculinity Box – The Smell of Burning Ants

How men are socialized into being 'men' or 'boys being boys' has a lot of consequences for both men and women. In this post two videos that shed some light on this issue. The Smell of Burning Ants is a haunting documentary on the pains of growing up male. It explores the inner and outer cruelties that boys perpetrate and endure. The film provokes the viewer to reflect on how our society can depriv Continue Reading →

The Ritual of Provocation II – Creating Spectacle and Presence

The recent Quran burning has caused a lot of upheaval in Afghanistan. According to some a senseless act, according to others prove that Islam is a violent religion. It both isn’t. The same can be said for Wilders’ movie Fitna and its sequal Fitna II, that (as he announced last week) will be released next year and will focus on ‘the barbaous life of the sick spirit of Mohammed’ in order to Continue Reading →

Zanga Zanga in Libya

A few weeks ago Libyan leader Kadaffi gave an already famous speech in which he vowed to fight and die as a martyr. The rest of the speech was ominous but also incomprehensible. His speech appears to have become a youtube's meme like for example Hitler's speeches taken from the great film Der Untergang that has produced many hilarious new takes on Youtube. I will give you four here. Continue Reading →

The Ritual of Provocation I – Burn, burn the Quran

The recent Quran burning has caused a lot of upheaval in Afghanistan. According to some a senseless act, according to others prove that Islam is a violent religion. It both isn't. The same can be said for Wilders' movie Fitna and its sequal Fitna II, that (as he announced last week) will be released next year and will focus on 'the barbaous life of the sick spirit of Mohammed' in order to stimulat Continue Reading →