Islamic Counter-Racist Thought Food #66

Peace Be Unto Those Who Follow Right Guidance.

Consider this:

God can only be found in the absence of things upon which we depend.

Extract taken from Ibn al-‘Arabī, Fuṭuḥāt Al-Makkiya (The Makkan Openings) I, page 193.

In this connection, see also Islamic Counter-Racist Thought Food #40.

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Islamic Counter-Racist Thought Food #62

Peace Be Unto Those Who Follow Right Guidance.

Consider this:

The habit of thought which defines the world, or society, as a totalizing system … tends to lead almost inevitably to a view of revolutions as cataclysmic ruptures. Since, after all, how else could one totalizing system be replaced by a completely different one than by a cataclysmic rupture? Human history thus becomes a series of revolutions: the Neolithic revolution, the Industrial revolution, the Information revolution, etc. [emphases added].

SOURCE: Graeber, David (2004) Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology. Chicago, IL: Prickly Paradigm Press, pp. 43-44.

I should like to suggest that the above extract is usefully put into conversation with the following extract from an important work by the Tiqqun collective which mounts a devastating case against the totalizing systemic logic of cybernetics, regardless of whether the latter manifests socially, politically and economically as late neoliberal capitalism or any of the allegedly ‘resistant’ forms of ‘Leftist’ political-economic formation, viz.

What the socialists all have in common, and have for two centuries,
which they share with those among them who have declared themselves to
be communists, is that they fight against only one of the effects of
capitalism alone: in all its forms, socialism fights against separation, by
recreating the social bonds between subjects, between subjects and objects,
without fighting against the totalization that makes it possible for the social
to be assimilated into a body, and the individual into a closed totality, a
subject-body. But there is also another common terrain, a mystical one, on
the basis of which the transfer of the categories of thought within socialism
and cybernetics have been able to form an alliance: that of a shameful
humanism, an uncontrolled faith in the genius of humanity. Just as it is
ridiculous to see a “collective soul” in the construction of a beehive by the
erratic behavior of bees, as the writer Maeterlinck did at the beginning of
the century from a Catholic perspective, in the same way the maintenance
of capitalism is in no way dependent upon the existence of a collective
consciousness in the “masses” lodged within the heart of production. Under
cover of the axiom of class struggle, the historical socialist utopia, the
utopia of the community, was definitively a utopia of One promulgated by
the Head on a body that couldn’t be one. All socialism today – whether it
more or less explicitly categorizes itself as democracy-, production-, or social
contract-focused – takes sides with cybernetics. Non-citizen politics must
come to terms with itself as anti-social as much as anti-state; it must refuse
to contribute to the resolution of the “social question,” refuse the
formatting of the world as a series of problems, and reject the democratic
perspective structured by the acceptance of all of society‘s requests. As for
cybernetics, it is today no more than the last possible socialism [emphases added].

SOURCE: Tiqqun. The Cybernetic Hypothesis.

Islam is neither totalizing system nor humanism.

Islam is the existential power-transaction between the human and God/Allah.

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Islamic Counter-Racist Thought Food #57

Peace Be Unto Those Who Follow Right Guidance.

Consider the following ‘biting’ critique of the ‘ontological turn’ within contemporary European / Eurocentric thought:

Critique of Speculative Realism etc. by Zakiyyah Iman Jackson.JPG

Extract taken from Jackson, Z.I. (2015) Outer Worlds: The Persistence of Race in Movement ‘Beyond The Human’. GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and  Gay Studies 21 (2-3): Queer Inhumanisms. Edited by Mel Y. Chen and Dana Luciano, pp.215-218.

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Islamic Counter-Racist Thought Food #52

Peace Be Unto Those Who Follow Right Guidance.

Consider this:

The growth of knowledge enlarges what humans can do. It cannot reprieve them from being what they are.

Extract taken from Gray, J. (2011) The Immmortalization Commission: Science and The Strange Quest to Cheat Death. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

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Islamic Counter-Racist Thought Food #45

Peace Be Unto Those Who Follow Right Guidance.

Consider this:

Muslims in general do not understand properly their own religion because they do not see the nonduality that is so clearly woven into it as an essential part of its fabric. By not understanding their own religion, and thinking it is essentially the same as Christianity and Judaism in terms of the status of its duality, then they are not making a crucial distinction with regard to Islam. And if they do not understand their own religion how are they going to understand other religions? For instance, in Islamic Theology the standard answer based on Greek precursors is that Allah is the Necessary Existent (wujud). All that has been done is substitute Existence for Being in this formulation. But wujud which means ‘to find’ is the nature of Allah’s creation, and making Allah necessary and an existent makes no sense at all. Allah is the creator not the creation, and this formulation is manifestly shirk [i.e. association of an other with Allah], and saying that Allah is necessary is also an affront because Allah determines what is necessary, possible, actual, and probable, and cannot be bound by these concepts. Whatever Allah’s own status [maqam], which we should place beyond our comprehension, ultimately it cannot be that of Necessary Existent. Rather we must comprehend Allah as the Sufis do through the recognition of the Tajalliat of the Sifat [i.e. manifestation of the Divine Names/Attributes] and the incomprehensibility of the Dhat, “He” [emphases added].

Extract taken from “Sufic Philosophy: A New Beginning…” (2014) by Kent Palmer.

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Islam Counter-Racist Thought Food #44

Peace Be Unto Those Who Follow Right Guidance.

Consider this

Dialectic is based on the conflict of opposites. The moment you grasp hold of the rope of God you align yourself with the One who has no opposite. (p.16)

Extract taken from The Key to The Future by Abdalhaqq Bewley (London: Ta-Ha, 1992).

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CONFERENCE: Heidegger in the Islamicate World

Peace Be Unto Those Who Follow Right Guidance.

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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