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Highlights from Volume 34:1 (2014)

Introduction: Insurgent Thought

Rao’s piece introduces the six essays included in “Insurgent Thought,” the special section of Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, volume 34, number 1. These essays feature a group of emerging scholars who are concerned with understanding the relationship between forms of life and modes of thought. The “thought” under consideration is […]

Revolutionary Journeys, Revolutionary Practice: The Hajj Writings of Jalal Al-e Ahmad and Malcolm X

Nikpour’s article explores the emergence of new iterations of Islamic universalism in the mid-twentieth century by examining two important 1960s texts that are rarely if ever discussed in the same context: The Autobiography of Malcolm X and a travelogue titled Khasi Dar Miqhat (Lost in the Crowd) by Iranian intellectual Jalal al-e Ahmad. Malcolm X’s famous autobiography was published […]

History from Below and the Writing of Ottoman History

This short contribution is a slightly edited version of the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture that Donald Quataert gave at Binghamton University on 5 November 2010—his last public lecture before his death in February 2011. Quataert was a tireless advocate of the method of “history from below,” which reflects the perspectives of ordinary working men and women […]