explosion in the Museum of Islamic Arts (4)

Terror attack on Museum of Islamic Arts in Cairo

The assault on museums and libraries sadly has far too frequent echoes: from the destruction of the Iraqi national museum, from the Serbian assault on Sarajevo’s library, and from the Islamist attack on manuscript collections in Mali. This is a hatred of arts, of beauty, of knowledge, of our collective human wisdom.

A photograph from the exhibit “She Who Tells a Story” at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Mass. Photograph , gelatin silver print with India ink *Copyright Shirin Neshat, *Charles Bain Hoyt Fund and Francis Welch Fund *Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Women photographers shatter Middle Eastern stereotypes

BOSTON (RNS) “She Who Tells a Story,” a photo exhibit now showing at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, features the work of 12 women from Muslim countries who shatter stereotypes with works that are provocative, beautiful, mysterious, and surprising, all at the same time.

The Racism of New York Times’ “Muslims are not ready for Democracy”

What is perhaps most frustrating about the NY Times’ “mental deficiency” language vis-a-vis Muslims and democracy is that this language is simply a continuation of a colonial apologia where Western countries colonizing and occupying, Muslim (and other) countries justified their lingering oppression by stating that these countries “were not ready to rule themselves”, “lacked the mental qualifications needed for self-governance”, etc. This colonial—which is to say, unjust and oppressive—worldview must be exposed and dismantled before we can embrace a more holistic and humanistic paradigm.