Siddhartha Dhar

Siddhartha Dhar is a writer and translator and a student at the Department of Government, Uppsala University, Sweden.

Will the West’s newfound solidarity with the Afghan refugees last?

While a humanitarian crisis was unfolding on the tarmac of Kabul International Airport, through a televised address by the French president Emmanuel Macron, Afghan refugees caught a glimpse of what to expect in life on the run. Now accused of pandering to the far-right, Macron argued that his country must “anticipate and protect itself from …

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Fanon’s ‘The Wretched of the Earth’ at Sixty: A Philosophical Review

Introduction One of the earliest postcolonial theorists, the Afro-Caribbean philosopher Frantz Fanon (1925- 1961) made profound philosophical contributions to the freedom struggles of the colonised people around the globe. Born as the descendant of a slave, under the French colonial yoke in the Caribbean Island of Martinique, Fanon began his illustrious career as a soldier. …

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War in International Thought by Jens Bartelson: A Review

The Book received the International Studies Association (ISA) Theory Section’s 2018  Book Award.   Based on the approach called historical ontology, first developed by Michel Foucault and Ian Hacking, Jens Bartelson, in his award-winning book ‘War in International Thought’, seeks to unearth the underlying and unvoiced assumptions about the nature of war. Bartelson contends that …

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The Ahmadiyya Controversy and the Roots of Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws

The shadowy Prophet Military coups are a run-of-the-mill reality in the Islamic world. And yet, the 1970 coup d ‘état in Syria, that set the wheels of a sectarian dictatorship in motion, kindled an unusual sense of unease in the Muslim world, particularly among its Sunni majority. The bloodless coup brought former defence minister Hafiz …

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Islam in the West: Between Culturalist and Reformist Expediencies

A dichotomous world In the Western world, the discourse on Islam has been dramatically shaped by contentious debates on the role of the state. The proliferation of radical ideas among the European-Muslim millennials and recent terrorist attacks across Europe has catapulted fringe right-wing views into the mainstream psyche. There is a rising trend in the …

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The Paradoxes of an Islamist Panacea

The Paradoxes of an Islamist Panacea

The global pan-Islamic, transnational Islamist movements envision an idealistic global order where popular sovereignty will be supplanted by an Islamic Sharia-based state (dawla Islamiyya). Imbued with traits of modernity, Islamism is a modern-day ideology that attempts to reinterpret the Islamic doctrine (aqidah) into its desired mould while vigorously resisting liberal interpretations and efforts of cultural …

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The Kashmir Conundrum

The Kashmir Conundrum

The origin of the India–Pakistan conflict over Kashmir can be traced back to the British rule in the Indian subcontinent, and the two fundamentally irreconcilable ideologies that played instrumental roles in the formation of the two countries. The modus operandi of the British rulers was ‘Divide and rule’, which exacerbated the communal discord and animosity …

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The Debate over Science’s Essence: Hume, Popper and Kuhn

Hume’s ‘Problem of Induction’ In our everyday life, we place tremendous faith in inductive reasoning. We intuitively seem to know that the sun will rise tomorrow just like it has risen today and since the day our ancestors started keeping track of time. While making a left turn we don’t expect vehicles to veer to …

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Siddhartha Dhar । The Harbingers of a Bygone Utopia

Hizb ut-Tahrir stands out from the myriad of pan-Islamic political organisations for its fundamentally consistent methodology, its neutral stance on the issue of sectarian conflicts in Islam and its explicit refusal to the use of violence. As a global Islamic movement, Tahrir seeks an intellectual revival across the Islamic world in its aim of establishing …

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