The false dichotomy of Islamophobia

Massimo Pigliucci argues “When assessing the role of Islam in the political dysfunction and violence in Islamic societies, many apologists choose to play down the role of the religion whilst many critics identify Islam as the source of the troubles. In reality, Islam is part of a mix of social ills that is neither blameless nor solely responsible for atrocities carried out in its name.”


The Spectral Wound: Sexual Violence, Public Memories and the Bangladesh War of 1971

Dr. Nayanika Mookherjee summarises her new book exclusively for Alochonaa readers: “In this ethnography of sexual violence during the 1971 Bangladesh War for Independence, I show how the public celebration of women raped during the war and called ‘birangonas’ by the state – works to homogenize the experiences of these women. I demonstrate that while this celebration of birangonas as heroes keeps them in the public memory, they exist in the public consciousness as what I call a spectral wound. Dominant representations of birangonas as dehumanized victims with dishevelled hair, a vacant look, and rejected by their communities create this wound and flatten the diversity of their experiences.”


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