Teaching, language, neocolonialism

I am grading exams, again. And once more various feelings of discomfort bubble up and stop in my throat. In addition to the frustrations especially those relating to “bearing to hear the words you’ve spoken, twisted…” there’s the one about language. Literary critics and culture studies people have discussed the relation of language and colonialism … More Teaching, language, neocolonialism

Teaching the Arab Conquests II

Some colleagues have commented elsewhere on my previous post “Teaching the Arab Conquests in the Wake of Isis” and here are more reflections in reply. Whereas perhaps earlier Western academics had presented the Arab conquests as violent and military, more recent scholarship has changed the emphasis considerably. So rather than present the seventh century conquests … More Teaching the Arab Conquests II