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 #60

Peace Be Unto Those Who Follow Right Guidance.

Consider the following profound meditation on ‘the maxim of unicity’ (kalimat-tawheed):

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Extract taken from William C. Chittick’s The Self-Disclosure or God: Principles of ibn al-‘Arabi’s Cosmology (Albany: SUNY Press, 1998, pp.9-10).

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Islamic Counter-Racist Thought Food #59

Peace Be Unto Those Who Follow Right Guidance.

Consider this:

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Now consider this:

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Now consider the following extract from Philip N. Howard’s Pax Technica: How the Internet of Things May Set Us Free or Lock Us Up (2015).

States once stocked up on gold to show off their stability. Now bond markets, currency speculators, and security analysts judge a government’s stability by its ability to keep electrical power flowing and its devices connected to the internet. (p.55)

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Islamic Counter-Racist Thought Food #58

Peace Be Unto Those Who Follow Right Guidance.

Consider this:

History is a shifting, problematic discourse, ostensibly about an aspect of the world, the past, that is produced by a group of present-minded workers (overwhelmingly in our culture salaried historians) who go about their work in mutually recognisable ways that are epistemologically, methodologically, ideologically and practically positioned and whose products, once in circulation, are subject to a series of uses and abuses that are logically infinite but which in actuality generally correspond to a range of power bases that exist at any given moment and which structure and distribute the meanings of histories along a dominant-marginal spectrum. (pp.31-32)

Extract taken from Re-thinking History by Keith Jenkins (London: Routledge, 2003).

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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:

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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 #56

Peace Be Unto Those Who Follow Right Guidance.

Consider this:

The history of racial capitalism .. is a history of wages as well as whips, of factories as well as plantations, of whiteness as well as blackness, of “freedom” as well as slavery.

Extract taken from “To Remake the World: Slavery, Racial Capitalism, and Justice” by Walter Johnson.

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