TALK: Decolonising Information

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Interested readers are invited to check out the slides accompanying a short invited presentation entitled ‘Decolonising Computing’ given by Dr Syed Mustafa Ali, Lecturer in the School of Computing and Communications at The Open University, UK.

The talk was delivered as part of a workshop on diversity and inclusion in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) teaching at the 6th eSTEeM Annual Conference: STEM FuturesSupporting Students to Succeed which took place on 25-26 April 2017 at The Open University.

The slides (PDF format) are available for viewing / download from here.

Interested readers are invited to check out the following related materials:

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TALK: The Decolonial Question Concerning Computing

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DRSMADr Syed Mustafa Ali, Lecturer in the School of Computing and Communications at The Open University (UK), delivered a talk entitled “The Decolonial Question Concerning Computing” at the Can Science Be Decolonised? conference which was organised by KCL WiSTEM (Women in STEM), KCL IFemSoc (Intersectional Feminism Society) & KCL BSA (Bioscience Students’ Association), and held at the Waterloo Campus of Kings College London (KCL) on 18-19 March 2017.

  • Interested viewers with FB access can access a video recording of the talk from here.
  • Interested readers can view / download a copy (PDF format) of the slides from here.
  • Recordings of presentations by all conference speakers are available from here.

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VIDEO: “Think of Orientalism as a Lens”

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Check out the following video which explains in under 3 minutes how Orientalism functions as a ‘lens’ through which to construct stereotypes of the non-white / non-European ‘other’:

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TALK: An Introduction to Islamic Decoloniality

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Interested viewers are invited to check out the following talk delivered by Dr Syed Mustafa Ali at the Decolonise Not Diversify festival hosted by Art Against The Grain at the Birmingham Impact Hub on Saturday 8th October 2016:

During the course of the presentation, Ali continues his exploration of the idea of an Islamic decoloniality, building on earlier formulations of this notion. The slides to accompany this talk are available here.

Interested viewers are invited to check out the following related presentations:

  1. Towards an Islamic Decoloniality (Euro-Arab Foundation short course, Granada, April 2014) – Slides (and audio)
  2. Further Towards an Islamic Decoloniality (Muqaddimah Academic Summit keynote, Kerala, December 2015) – Slides available here

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CONFERENCE: Heidegger in the Islamicate World

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Check this out:

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Dr Syed Mustafa Ali (The Open University, UK) will be presenting a paper entitled “Heidegger and the Islamicate: Transversals and Reversals”.

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Islamic Counter-Racist Thought Food #37

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Consider the following two comments from Eric Winkel which were made during the course of an interview:

We have three autographed manuscripts of the shaykh al-akbar today, eight centuries later. In my wide study in two dozen languages and sacred traditions I have never seen anything like the Futuhat al-Makkiyah. Everything I “verify for myself” (as he says) and learn about gender, about racism, about native peoples and fiṭrah, about colonialism and the tribes of Europe, about death-loving cultures, about centrifugal and centripetal societies, about fractals and geometrical algebra, about gut bacteria, I find already there in Ibn al-ʿArabī.

Intelligence and intellect are confused; intelligence is what the Creator gave us and intellect is the binding (from the camel’s hobble, ʿiqal) that makes one comfortable. Intellect tries to bind the infinite, tries to say this is god but not that; intelligence says there is no god but God, and God is 1. This intelligence rejects the god of State, rejects the god of religion, and rejects the god of aggression. This intelligence tells us that we are created by love and are free to love, and that fear and shame and hope are schemes devised to enslave and ensnare us.

Extract taken from A conversation with Dr. Eric Winkel on the Prophet Mohammed’s marriage, Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi and Michel Foucault by Fatih Seyhanoglu.

In order for the intelligence to function, one must first bind the intellect such that it operates submissively within the boundaries set by The One.

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