Censorship is intrinsic to the religion of Islam. This is often under the guise of “helpful brotherly correction”, but may also be the general idea of “da’wah” to the “ignorant” or of more mystical concepts of spiritual “ranks”, where one soul is conceived to be more developed than another. I suspect (though have no historical anthropological evidence) that stems from Islam’s martial roots and also the earlier caliphates that pre-empt (and are the origin of) our Western, value-driven world — societies formed around power, mastery and slavery, teachers and students, judgement orders, military, business, familial, spiritual ranks.
In response to numerous requests from Muslims and Sufis (the ummah gestapo), I have taken this blog off of Google search (seems to be taking a while for this to filter through) and removed my “What is Sufism?” video from youtube.
Besides links from other sites and direct recommendations, these appear to be the primary conduits of traffic into my site — numbers have dropped and hopefully will continue to do so as Google filters through.
I have also added a disclaimer to the site’s “About” tab. In response to further requests, I have also changed the subtitle slogan of the blog itself — from “Wear a righteous garment to prayer!” to “A non-denominational, non-Muslim, non-Sufi, unauthorized, strictly personal view of the Reading”. I hope these actions are sufficient to make clear my position.
My position is:
- I respect the gestapo’s cultural right to wear their leather and jackboots and to embody their tribal habitus of health and fitness regimes, marching up and down the square before the Führer, etc.
- I have no wish to dislocate them from this tribal habitus. If I thought I was a tailor before, selling clothes for the ummah: that was my grand delusion. That concept would be an act of colonial violence on my part and its final awful conclusion, in fact, ends in my joining their unit and putting on the Darth Vader mask. And I’d prefer not to go down like that.
- I have a personal reading of “my” scriptures — it is personal view, unauthorized by the discursive multiplicity of Islam — my reading is unrelated to any traditional order, school of thought, scholarship. It is completely unrepresentative of the “Straight Path” — if there is a resemblance it is accidental.
- I continue to make the blog public because it is awkward to password protect individual entries — when I want to read them from different devices and sometimes share particular posts with friends.
I’m not trying to teach/preach/disseminate information anything to anyone. I am not a teacher. I believe that education = a hidden power game, always = latent fascism.
I quit the teaching profession for the private sector and have no intention of returning.