Over on AIM magazine, I published two quite important and interesting articles last week, I felt.
1) In Trying to justify ‘honour killings’, Sabina Ahmed is not happy that after years of getting ‘honour killings’ on the agenda and recognised for what they are: premediated murders, there is now an attempt by an academic to play them down again.
Having looked into this a bit further since, I’m even more convinced that Professor Roger Ballard’s thesis rests on the assumption that oppressive practices (as how we progressives would see them) within Asian cultures should not be challenged because they should first be understood. That is of course not how we work.
2) The writer Gurpreet Bhatti, who was at the centre of the controversy surrounding the play Behzti when it was rocked by protests in 2004, delivered a speech at the Cambridge University Union last week.
It was in opposition to the motion: ‘This House believes that religion is the opium of the masses’. She discussed reaction to her play, her own beliefs in Sikhism, and the importance of understanding religion properly. Her team won the debate. Here is the speech. Well worth reading.
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