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sufi and cinematic imagination

01.21.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

Slowly making my way through Elif Şafak’s Pinhan I’ve come across these lines, in which the protagonist’s favourite Sufi teachers are described thus: ‘Kul Hüseyin ile Budala Tosun dudaklarından tebbesüm eksik olmayan, ağızlarından bal damlayan, kimsenin kusurunu görmeyen dervişlerdi. Adeta tüm ömürlerini, dâr-ül hayal ile dâr-ül hakikati birbirinden ayıran hatt-ı fasılı silmeye vakfetmişler.’ (Şafak 2001: ...

İnce Memed and Paternalism

09.01.2011 · Posted in Uncategorized

I just found out that somebody (from behind a pseudonym) has accused me of engaging in “fascist cultural production” – mainly on the basis that I reject “paternalistic systems of domination”  which my accuser identifies with “all non-capitalist relations”. That’s nonsense, of course, as fascist cultural production is, for the most part, precisely this: a ...

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Duygu reviews Pamuk

09.16.2010 · Posted in Uncategorized

… and finds his last book “The Museum of Innocence” disappointing. Of particular concern is the (apparently) weak attempt at auto-ethnography: I think Pamuk wants to tap into a trend that previously brought him popularity, and what better way than to establish a museum. Museums are a well-known example of institutionalised cultural translation, and issues ...

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