BOOK: Sultan vs Dracula

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The following work by non-white (attempted) Muslim writer, artists and poet Razwan Ul-Haq arrived in the post this morning:

Sultan vs Dracula

The book, which is 400+ pages long, can be purchased direct from the author for £7.99 (+ postage and packing) from here. The author also has a blog on Islamic sci-fi.

Here’s an advert for this interesting Islamic Counter-Racist, decolonial and ‘post-Orientalist’ re-imagining of the Dracula story as appears on youTube:

Interested readers are invited to check out the following earlier blog post in connection with the above book:

The Vampire Culture of The Psychopathic Racial Personality


REFLECTION: Who is in Charge of The Future of The Internet?

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I’m currently reading a paper entitled “Bottom of the Data Pyramid: Big Data and the Global South” (2016) by non-white / Indian female, Payal Arora, Associate Professor, Department of Media & Communication Faculty of History, Culture and Communication at Erasmus University Rotterdam. The paper is available (in PDF format) here.

On her blog, The 3L Mantra to live by! A mashup of Labor, Leisure & Learning, Arora describes herself as follows:

Payal Arora - About Me.jpg

Suffice to say, I was not too impressed with this rather auto-Orientalising self-description, nor with the following TED presentation she delivered:

Interested and discerning Counter-Racist / decolonial viewers are invited to consider:

  1. how she frames the relation between the non-white / non-Western ‘periphery’ and the white / Western ‘core’ of the modern/colonial world system of global White Supremacy (Racism) in terms of ‘the poor’ and ‘the rich’, i.e. in race-less / de-raced / un-raced economistic terms.
  2. how she assimilates peripheral / Oriental behaviours to (tacitly universalised) core / Occidental behaviours by first talking about the history of ‘leisure’ in a (19th Century) European / Western class-based context, and then projecting categories (leisure and labour) from the core to the periphery on the post-colonial (sic) basis that “they are like us”. Who is this us that this non-white female is associating herself (and other non-white people) with / assimilating herself (and other non-white) to?

While it might appear that such a move is intended to overcome a legacy of colonial ‘othering’ which sees ‘them’ as essentially different to ‘us’, it is important to appreciate that this is being attempted by appealing to Eurocentric / West-centric norms. In short, her project is one of (neo)liberal inclusion within (covertly racialised yet overtly race-less) capitalist logics.

I would suggest that Arora’s discourse is postcolonial rather than decolonial, being economistically-framed in terms of inclusive capitalism. She completely fails to understand the intrinsically racialised nature of capitalist logics of accumulation, something that the late black Marxist scholar Cedric Robinson discussed in detail, as have critical race and decolonial scholars more recently.

Ultimately, while Arora’s critique of Big Data / datafication is useful, it is limited, and as to the question ‘Who is in Charge of The Future of The Internet?’, does that question really need to be asked?


Islamic Counter-Racist Thought Food #51

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Consider this:

The question concerning use of tools and being used / co-opted / seduced by tools remains to be properly engaged – something few (if any) critical / decolonial / poststructuralist ‘users’ generally do (a failure of reflexivity and, I would suggest, a disturbing tacit hyper-valorization of the postmodern/postcolonial)…


LINKS: Black Muslims Reflect on The Qur’an

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Interested readers are invited to check out the following series of brief commentaries by non-white / black (attempted) Muslim male, Professor Rudolph B. Ware, written during Ramadhan 2016:

The African Qurʾān: Ramadan Remedies for Racial and Religious Intolerance

Ramadan: Black Muslims Reflect on the Qur’an – Juz’ 3

Ramadan: Black Muslims Reflect on the Quran – Juz’ 16 (Part One)

Ramadan: Black Muslims Reflect on the Quran – Juz’ 16 (Part Two)


Islamic Counter-Racist Thought Food #50

Peace Be Unto Those Who Follow Right Guidance.

Consider this:

I want to declare that my ultimate commitment is to God and the religion of Islam, that Islam shall sit in judgment over my racial identity, not the other way around.  Thus, even as I pursue the well-being of the broader Blackamerican collective, I shall commit to doing so on the basis of the values, virtues and priorities of Islam.  My blackness is neither a morality nor a statement of ultimate truth nor a path to other-worldly salvation.  Islam, on the other hand, is all of these for me.

Extract taken from “Politically Speaking, Who Am I, And What Do I Want As An American Muslim?” by Sherman (Abdul-Hakim) Jackson.


The (Non-White) Girl With All The Gifts

Peace Be Unto Those Who Follow Right Guidance.

I’m very interested to watch the following film:

tgwatgAccording to the entry for the film on the IMDB , “a scientist and a teacher living in a dystopian future embark on a journey of survival with a special young girl named Melanie.” Significantly, that ‘special young girl’ is non-white / black in the film which is based on a book by white male author M.R.Carey. (It will be interesting to determine whether the ‘special young girl’ in the book was also non-white/black.)

SPOILER ALERT: A Wikipedia summary of the book’s plot is available here.

However, at this point, I am interested in interrogating the following promotional image for the film:


From a Counter-Racist perspective, I am interested in how we visually process the above image. For example,

  • Do we parse it L-to-R, R-to-L or ‘middle out’?
  • Does the white face occlude the non-white / black or do they have ‘visual parity’?
  • Which human figure, if any, is foregrounded relative to the other, and to what extent might the answer to this question dpend on one’s positioning within social structures given that visual perception is influenced by social epistemology? (On the latter point, I refer interested readers to the following study: Brubaker, R., M. Loveman, and P. Stamatov (2004) Ethnicity as Cognition. Theory and Society 33: 31-64 among other works. In addition, see “Is Race Perception Automatic?“)

And then, of course, there is the issue of the asymmetry in blood-marking on the above image to think about.

I would suggest that the casting of a non-white/black female as the ‘special young girl’ is interesting to consider in terms of a possible instance of the “Magical Negro” phenomenon in the sci-fi film genre, viz.

a supporting stock character … who is portrayed as coming to the aid of a film’s white protagonists. Magical Negro characters, who often possess special insight or mystical powers, have long been a tradition in American fiction.

Time and the actual viewing of the film will tell, insha’Allah (God-Willing).