Musings on Technopoly and When Technology Wounds

“Most technology survivors lose all or part of their hero system*. Long-Standing, fundamental beliefs about themselves and the world can shatter into irretrievable fragments. One’s identity can be the first to go.” Chellis Glendinning, When Technology Wounds.

Are people losing their identities by using the Internet, Facebook, and other technologies that allow a so-called anonymous interface? And how do we deal with this in light of our descent from a culture of shame to a culture of humiliation? More thoughts on books from the Summer Reading List 2012.

Dr. Sherman Jackson’s 2010 "Meet the Author" Book Tour

Dr. Sherman Jackson at MANA.

This Friday, October 8th, in Washington, D. C., Dr. Jackson will be kicking off his 2010 book tour. This is an exciting opportunity to meet and hear Dr. Jackson discuss some of his excellent books and scholarly articles. Dr. Jackson’s books will be available for purchase at the venue as well as online at his new website. All profits will go toward the Summer Arabic Institute where Dr. Jackson is a Board member. A suggested gift of $100 is recommended. Seating is limited for each venue so I recommend registering now. There will be no walk-ins allowed.

The first venue will be Busboys @ 5th & K: 1025 5th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001. (202) 789-2227. The event will be 6pm — 8pm and will be moderated by Dr. Intisar Rabb.

Winter Reading List

Here’s another dose of reading material I will be covering over the next three to four months. A mix of academically required and personal. It all mixes together in the end some how.

[1] Luhmann, Niklas. A Socialogical Theory of Law. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul. [2] White, Harrison C. White, Cynthia A. Canvases and Careers: Institutional Change in the French Painting World. Chicago: Chicago University Press. Miller, Hugh T. Postmodern Public Policy. Albany: State University of New York Press. [3] Reich, Robert B. I’ll Be Short. Boston: Beacon Press. [4] Makin, Amir. A Worthy Muslim: Quranic Tools Tools Needed to Overcome Oppression and Imperialism in Order to Institute Justice. Arlington: AIC Publications. {review pending} [5] Dolgon, Corey. The End of the Hamptons: Scenes From the Class Struggle in America’s Paradise. New York: New York University Press. [6] Bellah, Robert N., ed. Tipton, Steven M., ed. The Robert Bellah Reader. Durham: Duke University Press. [7] The Sociology Writing Group. A Guide to Writing Sociology Papers. New York: Saint Martin’s Press. [8] Evans, Nicholas M. Writing Jazz: Race, Nationalism, and Modern Culture in the 1920’s. New York: Garland Publishing Inc. [9] Anderson, Iain. This Is Our Music: Free Jazz, the Sixties, and American Culture. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. [10] Griffin, Farah Jasmine. Washington, Salim. Clawing At the Limits of Cool: Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and the Greatest Jazz Collaboration Ever. New York: Saint Martin’s Press. [11] Porter, Eric C. What Is This Thing Called Jazz?: African American Musicians As Artists, Critics, and Activists. Berkeley: University of California Press, Ltd. [12] Kahn, Ashley. The House That Trane Built: The Story of Impulse Records. London: Granta Books. [13] Costa, C. D. N., ed. Seneca: Dialogues and Letters. Trans. C. D. N. Costa. London: Penguin Books. [14] Goffman, Erving. The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. New York: Anchor Books. [15] Campell, Robin ed. Seneca: Letters From a Stoic. Trans. Robin Campbell. London: Penguin Books. [16] Wolff, Janet. The Social Reproduction of Art. New York: New York University Press. [17] Dick, Philip K. The Philip K. Dick Reader. New York: Kensington Publishing Corp. [18] Nasr, Seyyed Hossein. The Garden of Truth: The Vision and Promise of Sufism, Islam’s Mystical Tradition. New York: HarperCollins Publishers. [19] Nasr, Seyyed Hossein. Knowledge and the Sacred. Albany: State University of New York Press. {con’t} [20] Hewitt, John P. Self and Society: A Symbolic Interactionist Social Psychology. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, Inc. [21] Mast, Robert M., ed. Detroit Lives. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. [22] Naeem, Zarinah El-Amin. Jihad of the Soul. Kalamazoo: The Niyah Company. {review pending} [23] Nasr, Seyyed Hossein. Sufi Essays. Chicago: KAZI Publications. [24] Postman, Neil. Building a Bridge To the Past: How the Past Can Improve Our Future. New York: Vintage Books. [25] al-Ghazali, Abu Hamid Muhammad. On Disciplining the Soul: Kitab Riyadat al-Nafs & Breaking the Two Desires: Kitab Kasr al-Shahwatayn, Books XXII and XXIII of The Revival of the Religious Sciences Ihya; ‘ulum al-din. Trans. T. J. Winter. Cambridge: The Islamic Texts Society. [26] Izutsu, Toshihiko. “Mysticism and the Linguistic Problem of Equivocation in the Thought of ‘Ayn Al-Qu??t Hamad?n?.” Studia Islamica 31 (1970): 153-170.


[26] Husayni Tihrani, Muhammad Husayn. Kernel of the Kernel: Concerning the Wayfaring and Spiritual Journey of the People of Intellect [Risala-yi Lubb al-Lubb Dar Sayr Wa Suluk-i Ulu’l Albab], A Shi’i Approach To Sufism. Albany State University of New York Press. [27] Izutsu, Toshihiko. Ethico-Religious Concepts in the Qur’an. Montreal: McGill University Press. [28] Ashtiyani, Sayyid Jalal al-Din, ed. Matsubara, Hideichi, ed. Iwami, Takashi, ed. Matsumoto, Akiro, ed. Consciousness and Reality: Studies in Memory of Toshihiko Izutsu. Leiden: Brill. [29] Izutsu, Toshihiko. God and Man in the Koran. Tokyo: The Keio Institute of Cultural and Linguistic Studies.

Summer Reading List 2008

[1] William C. Chittick’s, Science of the Cosmos, Science of the Soul The Pertinence of Islamic Cosmology in the Modern World [re-read]. [2] The Book Of Illumination Sign Of Success on the Spiritual Path by Shaykh Ahmad Ibn ‘Ata’ Allah Al-Iskandari. [3] Jamaluldeen Abdullah Ibn Hisham al-Ansari’s, Sharh Shudhur al-Dhahab; [4] Sherman Jackson’s, On the Boundaries of Theological Tolerance in Islam Abu Hamid Al Ghazali’s Faysal L Tafriqa; [5] Seyyed Nasr’s, Science and Civilization in Islam; [6] Awdhah al-Masalik ila Alfiyat Ibn Malik Ibn Hisham al-Ansari; [7] Seyyed Hossein Nasr’s, Knowledge and the Sacred [re-read]; [8] Mystical Dimensions of Islam by Annemarie Schimmel; [9] A History of Islamic Legal Theories An Introduction to Sunni Usul Al-Fiqh, by Wael B. Hallaq; [10] also by Wael B. Hallaq, The Origins And Evolution Of Islamic Law; [11] Sufi Essays from Seyyed Hossein Nasr; [12] The Sacred Foundations of Justice in Islam The Teachings of Ali Ibn Abi Talib by Reza Shah Kazemi, M Ali Lakhani, and Leonard Lewisohn; [13] The Art of Reciting the Qur’an by Kristina Nelson; [14] Muhtar Holland’s Inner Dimensions of Islamic Worship – Al Ghazali; [15] The Essential Seyyed Hossein Nasr edited by William C. Chittick; [16] Daniel Abdal Hayy Moore’s Ramadan Sonnets/Poems; [17] Al-Ghazali’s Path to Sufism; [18] Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyya on the Invocation of God from Al-Wabil Al-Sayyib Min Al-Kalim Al-Tayyib Muhammad Ibn Abi Bakr Ibn Qayyim Al Jawziyah; [19] Al-Ghazali’s Letter to a Disciple (Ghazali Series) Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazali [re-read]; [20] Mulla Sadra’s The Elixir of the Gnostics Muhammad Ibn Ibrahim Sadr Al-Din Shirazi; [21] Ebrahim Moosa’s Ghazali And The Poetics Of Imagination [continuation]; [22] The Self-Disclosure of God Principles of Ibn Al-‘Arabi’s Cosmology from William Chittick; [23] also from Chittick, Fakhruddin Iraqi Divine Flashes; [24] Hadith study: Sunan Abu Dawud; [25] Ira M. Lapidus’ A History of Islamic Societies [continuation]; [26] Ibn Ishaq’s al-Sirah al-Nabawiyyah; [27] The Sufi Path of Knowledge by William Chittick; [28] The Practice of Everyday Life by Michel De Certeau; [29] After the Death of God by John D Caputo and Gianni Vattimo; [30] Tommie Shelby’s We Who Are Dark; [31] The Case for Islamo-Christian Civilization by Richard W. Bulliet; [32] Imam al-Ghazali’s Ihya’ uluwm al-Deen [Arabic version]; [33] The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State by Noah Feldman; [34] al-Ghazali on the Manners Relating to Eating Book XI of the Revival of the Religious Sciences, translation by Denys Johnson-Davies; [35] David C. Lindberg and his The Beginnings of Western Science: The European Scientific Tradition in Philosophical, Religious, and Institutional Context, Prehistory to A.D. 1450; [36] al-Ghazali’s On Disciplining the Soul and on Breaking the Two Desires Books Xxii and Xxiii of the Revival of the Religious Sciences Nakamura; [37] White by Richard Dyer [continuation]; [38] Deliverance from Error and Mystical Union With the Almighty Al-Munqidh Min Al-Dalal by al-Ghazali; [39] Martin Lings’s Muhammad His Life Based on the Earliest Sources [continuation]; [40] Hadith Qudsi; [41] The Connectors in Modern Standard Arabic by Nariman Naili Al Warraki and Ahmed Taher Hassanein [review].

And while this may seem a bit ambitious, I will do my best to wade through this impressive stack this summer. I am going to try to adhere to the order as much as possible.

Summer Reading List 2007

[1] Sherman “Abd al-Hakim” Jackson’s, Islam and the Blackamerican [re-read]. [2] Planning a review of Irshad Manji’s, [the lesbian Muslim woman] The Trouble With Islam Today. [3] Olivier Roy’s, The Failure of Political Islam; [4] Hamza Yusuf’s, Purification of the Heart; [5] Michael A. Gomez’s, Black Crescent; [6] Ira M. Lapidus’, A History of Islamic Societies; [7] Frantz Fanon’s, The Wretched of the Earth [re-read]; [8] Ghazali and the Poetics of Imagination by Ebrahim Moosa; [9] Muslims’ Place in the American Public Square, ed. Bukhari, Nyang, Ahmad, and Esposito; [10] al-Ghazali’s, Ayyuha’l-Walad [Letter To a Disciple]; and finally [wew!] , [11] the Sidney Poitier and [12] Miles Davis memoirs, too. Needless to say, with a reading list like this, it’s obvious I’m not married!