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Brown Skin, White Masks (The Islamic Mediterranean)
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In the cause of the collapse of the Soviet Union the world situation worsened dramatically. Without adversary, the US "hyperpower" is embarking on a new neo-colonial spree, by attacking one Muslim country after another, i. e. Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia. Other countries, such as Iran and Syria, are meanwhile threatened with invasions. Without the support of "native informers" and "comprador intellectuals" the US Empire could not achieve its expansive goals so easily.
Hamid Dabashi focuses especially on the role of the immigrant "comprador intellectuals" and the "native informers" in the United States and their "contribution" in facilitating and rationalizing the attacks on the Muslim world. The author is Iranian-American, who teaches Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York City and is a founding member of the Center for Palestine Studies at the same university.
The author's main argument is that in present-day North-America and Western Europe "brown has become the new black and Muslims the new Jews".Read more ›