Myth, Narrative and History
(For Part 1 see here)
Myth in the Age of Technique
In order to grasp the nature of myth in our current age, we must take account of the advent of a new reality in the way of transacting-in-the-world which now dominates, informs, subordinates and mediates all others: the way of technique/technology. The essential import of this development is that all human engagement with lived experience is exposed to the ‘levelling’ and ‘standardisation’ which is ‘revealed’ through the indifferent and irresistible ‘pull’ of technique into the systems of rationality and efficiency which govern its own inherent logic. Continue reading 'Myth, Narrative and History – Part 2 – Abdassamad Clarke'»
Myth, Narrative and History
اللهم صلي على سيدنا محمد وءاله وصحبه وسلم تسليماً، بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Because of our ignorance of history and our ‘ulama’s ignorance of of history, certain events have come to assume mythic proportions. One of these is the event of Kerbala. The movement of this event-as-myth to the centre stage of Muslim discourse has resulted in a cynical view of Muslim power, and a defeatism that glorifies useless sacrifice. This myth serves a subordinate role in the global myth of the dominant technique/technology culture that strides the earth. It thus serves a very useful geo-political purpose for the power élite. In that culture of globalised warfare and total spectrum dominance, the technique of the creation of money from nothing is absolutely central. In ignorance of the power politics of the age, active Muslims are locked into a false struggle with local dictators. Primed with the myth of al-Ḥusayn, they are pre-configured to seek defeat. Moreover, as their understanding of power is false, even when they win it is a defeat. As the core community of mankind, it behoves the Muslims rather to turn to the primordial historical model of the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, and his Companions, the people of Madina, both in the telling of his history and the transmission of his practice, the Sunnah. The transmitted practice alone, which is the Qur’anic revelation embodied, deals with the motor, the money nexus, that drives the global frenzy of the age. The sirah represents, contrary to the myth of Kerbala, a life-affirming and positive victory-oriented approach to life and to political power.
A review by Dr. Ojembarrena – Former professor of Literature, University of Bilbao
Subtitled “on the politics of power,” this study in power provides a radical, exacting and unique visionary analysis of the present world-wide version of reality which allows the ruling elite to govern by processes which increase their exorbitant wealth, and at the same time systematically devastate Earth’s eco-system, subjecting the largest part of the world’s population to poverty and domination. Continue reading 'THE TIME OF THE BEDOUIN on the politics of power – Shaykh Dr. Abdalqadir as-Sufi'»
This article was written for and published by Globalia Magazine. It appeared in issue No.10 of July 2011.
Heisenberg’s most penetrating insight is still largely unknown
When we turn to Werner Heisenberg (December 1901 – 1 February 1976) we quickly realise that we have to consider, as it were, three different men: the mathematical physicist, the essayist and the man. The first who springs to mind is the brilliant theoretical physicist and mathematician who was at the forefront of the extraordinary revolution in human thinking known as quantum mechanics, and who, with great intellectual honesty, along with Nils Bohr, Wolfgang Pauli and a considerable number of others, held fast during the intellectual turmoil unleashed until they were able to formulate new insights with clarity. That alone will be enough for him to be remembered by history as one of the major thinkers of all time. Contrary to biographies of Einstein, which concentrate on his personal genius and scientific achievements, the key to understanding Heisenberg is the great brotherhood of science that transcended borders and ideologies before the Second World War, and which was arguably shattered beyond repair by those events. Continue reading 'Heisenberg’s Quantum Leap – Abdassamad Clarke'»