Archive for December, 2006

Do Muslims Really Need a Central Command HQ?

Friday, December 29th, 2006

The question of authority in Islam is as old as the religion itself, and the historian will be the first to tell you that since time immemorial countless Muslim scholars from Ibn Taimiyya to al-Ghazali to Ibn Khaldun have been grappling with the question of power and discursive authority among Muslims, to address the fundamental [...]

Whither Malaysian History? Or, Why History Matters

Monday, December 4th, 2006

By Rachel Leow
If history is about the construction of a picture of the past from its traces today, it is also about the interstices between those traces, which we might call historical silences. Silences enter the process of historical production at three moments: the moment of fact creation (when people write, film, photograph, build, paint [...]