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Democracy and Muslim Minorities

Martha Nussbaum on Islamic liberalism under fire in India; John Bowen on “recognizing sharia” in England; Evgeny Morozov on whether the Internet spreads democracy. Plus, Adrienne Rich, Honor Moore, and Maureen McClane; poems by Anne Carson, Terrance Hayes, Linda Gregerson, Mary Jo Bang, and more.

 

 

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Democracy and Muslim Minorities

Sleepwalker: Forgetting Shakir Baloch
David Mikhail
Land of My Dreams: Islamic liberalism under fire in India
Martha C. Nussbaum
Private Arrangements: Recognizing sharia in England
John R. Bowen

Essays

The Triangle: Policy wonks, patronage, and the possibility of the grassroots
Michael Gecan
Against Cyber-Utopianism: Reflections on information technology and democracy
Joshua Cohen
State of the Nation: Court of Public Opinion
Stephen Ansolabehere
Texting Toward Utopia: Does the Internet Spread Democracy?
Evgeny Morozov
State of Emergency: A personal history of Pakistan on the brink
Moni Mohsin
Small, Green, and Good: The role of neglected cities in a sustainable future
Catherine Tumber
Fateful Gates: The lives of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Roger Boylan
The Collaborator: Patrick French’s The World is What it Is: The Authorized Biography of V.S. Naipaul
James Wallenstein

Fiction

Concerning the Correct Way to Make Cabbage
D.S. Sulaitis

On Film

Condemned: Stephen Daldry’s The Reader
Alan A. Stone

On Poetry

Poet’s Sampler
Kristin Fitzsimmons, introduced by Adam Zagajewski
After Ariel: Celebrating the poetry of the women’s movement
Honor Moore
What Country is This? Rereading LeRoi Jones’s The Dead Lecturer
Adrienne Rich
Song and Silence: My Fanny Howe
Maureen N. McLane
Fighting Words: Lyn Hejinian’s Saga/Circus
Joyelle McSweeney
Love Letters: Brenda Wineapple’s White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson & Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Cecily Parks
Microreviews

Poems

Finally April and the Birds Are Falling Out of the Air with Joy
Anne Carson
Shakur
Terrance Hayes
The Feast
David Baker
Ten Venices
James Longenbach
Blink
Linda Gregerson
E Is For Everything
Mary Jo Bang
Poem for John McCain
Matthew Zapruder
Fawn
Joseph Campana
Outpatient Procedure
Alan Gilbert
The Documents

Mathias Svalina

Flemish
Caroline Knox

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