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Marksizm-Bektaşizm

12.27.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

random association: Marxism: ‘While individual consumption consumes use-values as the means of subsistence of the living individual, productive consumption consumes as “the means whereby labour, the labour-power of the living individual, is enabled to act”. In order to maintain the products of past labour in their objective existence as use-values, it is necessary for them ...

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Sufi dream cinema

10.23.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

In my previous post I was apologetic about reducing Sufi spirituality to cinematic experience –  but probably I shouldn’t feel too guilty about this given that cinema as form of creative imagination can reach quite high levels of subtlety, so that Sufi writer and critic Sadık Yalsızuçanlar not only elevates directors such as Akira Kurosawa ...

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in-between-ness, vestibules, rhizomes

10.23.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

I’ve been collecting notions of in-between-ness and liminality in relation to Sufism and commercial culture, rooted in the Platonic metax‎ý – from İbn Arabî to Georg Simmel. I have missed two important ones though –Deleuze and Guattari’ anarcho-Platonic/Heraclitean notion of the rhizome as in-between – and El Gazâlî’s notion of the dihlîz – the vestibular ...

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the spirit of capitalism and fordist daydreaming

10.10.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

  Benjamin Franklin’s advice to a young tradesman has famously been used by Max Weber to exemplify what he called the ‘spirit of capitalism’ which he (Weber) summarises thus ‘Sondern vor allem ist das “summum bonum” dieser “Ethik”: der Erwerb von Geld und immer mehr Geld, unter strengster Vermeidung alles unbefangenen Genießens, so gänzlich aller ...

Sufi Ethics and the Spirits of Consumerism – A Preliminary Suggestion

08.13.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

just out in Marketing Theory pre-published open access version pdf available here abstract In this speculative comment I will suggest that, in analogy with Colin Campbell’s argument regarding the Romantic Ethic and the spirit of modern consumerism, there is prima facie evidence that there is also an elective affinity between Sufi-infused Islamic religiosity and the emergent Muslim consumerisms, ...

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on sufism, romanticism, consumerism – david graeber’s intriguing footnote

07.19.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

Working on the interconnections between the emergence of Turkish consumerism and Sufi imagination – my working hypothesis being that there is a “Sufi ethics” that can be seen as a functional equivalent of the “Romantic ethics” that Colin Campbell analysed as the root of the spirit of modern consumerism – I’m intrigued by David Graeber’s ...

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Continuities of Culture in the City: Using Accidental Clues to Access London/Turkish Spiritualities in Commercial Cultures

07.15.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

Paper prepared for the Global Studies Association conference 10th to 12th July 2013 at the University of Roehampton (pdf) While European leaders squabble about whether or not Turkey does or does not belong into the European Union and in Germany, the main destination of Turkish migration in the second half of the 20th century, Turks ...

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in-between: Georg Simmel and İbn Arabî

07.05.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

In his short but seminal 1909 essay ‘The Bridge and the Door’ Georg Simmel analyses and celebrates the human habit of differentiating, delineating and separating – and then reconnecting, relating as expressed in the cultural achievements of path-laying, bridge-building and architecture in general. In doing so he anticipates some themes that were to become central ...

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talking of swimming

05.29.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

Idries Shah, who plays up Nasrettin Hoca as clever and witty Sufi master … and who starts his seminal work The Sufis with a swimming metaphor, advises us to go beyond the official claims tales and anecdotes like that of Aesop (and I assume that about Nasrettin Hoca as well) and see what else we ...

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