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Die Infamie der Ägypter

Eine weitere Rezension zum Buch Die Vertreibung aus dem Serail ist nun in Gigi Nr. 58 erschienen: Die Infamie der Ägypter.

Helden unserer Zeit

Da braucht man nur mal ein Massaker mitverantwortet zu haben, schon gilt man bei (Anti-)Deutschen als ein großer Heros!

Böse Araber

Springer schürt schon fürs nächste Pogrom …

(The German Neonazi tabloid BILD spreads hatred against „foreigners“ …)

„Ausländer“hetze auf BILD.de

„Ausländer“hetze auf BILD.de

(via aftershow | Edit: siehe auch BILDblog.de)

Orientalism and Sexual Rights

It is in the realm of the emergent agenda of sexual rights that made its appearance in the United States and other Western countries in the late 1960s and began to be internationalized in the 1980s and 1990s that talk of sexual practices in the rest of the world, including the Arab world, would be introduced to the international human rights agenda and would be coupled with notions of „civilized“ and „uncivilized“ behavior. […] In the course of such „international“ human rights activism, two prime victims of human rights violations in Arab countries emerged and/or were created: women and „homosexuals.“ While the premodern West attacked the world of Islam’s alleged sexual licentiousness, the modern West attacks its alleged repression of sexual freedoms. The horror of „honor“ crimes taking the life of a quarter of all women murdered in Jordan, for example, would take a life of its own with special reports on American television networks and popular books by alleged native informants. Yet no special television program on U.S. networks investigated the fact that at least one-third of all women murdered in the United States are murdered by their boyfriends or husbands. Nor were these comparisons made when exhibiting real and imaginary Arab „honor“ crimes for television viewers.

From: Joseph A. Massad, Desiring Arabs (Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2007), 37.

Ein Araber entdeckt Paris (II): Prüfungen — wtf?

Puh, die sechste von sieben Prüfungen hinter mir! Und wegen Urlaub und Semesterferien wird die siebte leider erst in anderthalb Monaten stattfinden. Zeit, meine Reihe „Ein Araber entdeckt Paris“ fortzusetzen. Es geht — dies kurz zur Wiederholung — um Rifaʿa al-Tahtawi, der zwischen 1826 und 1831 im Auftrag seines Paschas eine Studienmission in der französischen Hauptstadt absolvierte mit dem Ziel, sein eigenes Land wirtschaftlich und technisch zu modernisieren. In seinem 1834 abgefassten Reisebericht schreibt er, neben anderen Dingen, über die wunderlichen Eigenarten der Franzosen, so z.B. ihren Rassismus und ihre Homophobie, die er sich allerdings meist recht naiv erklärt (den Rassismus etwa, indem er ihn als ästhetisches Missfallen an der schwarzen Hautfarbe deutet).

In der folgenden Passage geht es um das System der kontinuierlichen Prüfungen, denen er während seines Aufenthalts auch selbst unterworfen wird und die er seinen Lesern, welche damit offenbar nicht vertraut sind, erst umständlich erklären muss: (mehr…)

(Un)Holy Alliance: Islamism & the Gay International

Desiring Arabs I‘ve waited half a year for this book to come out. But now that it has come out, I‘m too busy to read it. What a crap! But let’s have a sneak preview:

A puritanical Islamism (and secular conservatism, at times) borrowing most of its puritanism from Western Christianity and Western conservatism built up an unwitting alliance with the crusading Gay International in identifying people who practice certain forms of sex. The Gay International and the Islamists agreed that such practitioners must be identified. Where they disagreed was on whether they should be identified and endowed with rights and accorded the protection of the state, as the Gay International demands, or identified, repressed, and subjected to the punishment of the state, as the Islamists and other conservatives demand. In the history of Western homosexuality, as Michel Foucault noted, the discourses of power that produced and controlled „homosexuality“ made „possible the formation of a ‚reverse‘ discourse: homosexuality began to speak in its own behalf, to demand that its legitimacy or ‚naturality‘ be acknowledged, often in the same vocabulary, using the same categories by which it was medically disqualified.“ As we saw in this chapter, a similar operation was repeated in the Arab world when Islamists adopted the very same vocabulary and classifications of the Gay International to disqualify the very same gayness that the Gay International had been trying to legitimize. Making the state the arena where sexual practices are transformed into identities was indeed the novelty that the last two decades have fostered. In a context where the state has been the enforcer of repression of society at large, the Islamist call is consistent with such a role. What is ironic is that the state would be called upon by the Gay International, which is seeking liberation from repression but who claim it as the liberating organ.

Joseph A. Massad, Desiring Arabs (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007), 265.

Who’s anti-Semitic?

Aus der EUMC-Studie „Manifestations of Antisemitism in the EU 2002 – 2003″ (Part on France):

On the whole the ‘Sofres’ director concluded that there is “no massive antisemitism among the youth of North African origin (…) It is thus essential not to stigmatize a community (…) which, in its great majority, rejects antisemitism”. Compared with the whole group of people between 15 and 24, the survey shows that the young people of North African origin are in fact even more intolerant of antisemitism than the average. This might be explained by the fact that antisemitic acts or attitudes remind them that they have themselves suffered from racial or cultural discrimination, as Muslims or as children of North African parents.

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Falsche Beschuldigungen

Bernhard Schmid berichtet im AIB über eine neue Mode ungerechtfertigter Pauschalanschuldigungen gegenüber arabischen Franzosen:

Eine eindeutig schädliche Einwirkung übten allerdings jüngere Ereignisse aus, bei denen öffentlich angeprangerte antisemitische Aggressionen sich als vorgetäuscht erwiesen und schon früh eine Denunziation angeblicher »arabischer/migrantischer Tätergruppen« erfolgte. Das bekannteste Ereignis in dieser Hinsicht bildet die angeblich antisemitisch motivierte Attacke, die die 24jährige (Nichtjüdin) Marie L. im Juli 2004 im Pariser Vorortzug RER erlitten haben wollte. (mehr…)