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“To be or not to be, this is the question?” Or is it, I ask? So, who is Aliana? I am an American Muslim woman, a philosophy graduate student. I am Pakistani by descent but was raised on and off in America and Pakistan. Many people think that should make me “confused” but to me this has put me at an advantage, it allows me look at the world from different perspectives.

My research lies at the intersection of Continental and Analytic Traditions in Western Philosophy. I see philosophy as a means, as a tool, as a discourse to emancipate humankind. I also dabble in Feminist Epistemologies occasionally, however I would not characterize myself as a deconstructionist. There is however much to be learned from Structuralism and Post-Structuralism. To desi men, and especially desi Muslim men, I just want to say, “Grow up!”



bd says:

bloody hell, came browing through to your site from ali eteraz’s site and saw this statement

“My research lies at the intersection of Continental and Analytic Traditions in Western Philosophy. I see philosophy as a means, as a tool, as a discourse to emancipate humankind. I also dabble in Feminist Epistemologies occasionally, however I would not characterize myself as a deconstructionist. There is however much to be learned from Structuralism and Post-Structuralism.”

all i can say is, that made my hair hurt!🙂

lol



Aliana says:

hmmm … can you be less cryptic.🙂



*That’s* exactly what he meant, Aliana!!!!



Shahrzad says:

Philosophy. I am also in love with. I am physicist, but i passed a course b4 named as: Philosophical aspects in Quantum Mechanics. I really think Physics and Philosophy are sibling🙂



Aliana says:

Shahrzad, You are a Physicist that is so cool. Shahrzad the Physicist, I like the sound of that.



zios says:

Aliana, nice blog and I like its look too.🙂



“To desi men, and especially desi Muslim men, I just want to say, “Grow up!””

You got that right!! And why just limit it to desi men…let’s include all immature and insecure Muslim men. Grow the heck up! 🙂

Btw I’m loving the “Happy Smiling Muslims” campaign!



Aliana says:

zios, thanks.

Sillyback, you have such a silly name and yet I love your name.🙂 And amen to your slogan. “Grow up people.” Campaign, hmmm that’s a good idea. May be I should make it a campaign.



silmyi says:

hi aliana,

hope you had a fun vacation in NYC… i’m from KL, Malaysia and was looking for pictures of happy muslims for a presentation i’m preparing on ‘islamic branding’ and as you know, searching for images of ‘muslims’ would mean getting all those angry pics which is so annoying.

what you did is great and i used 2 pics from yr blog, the thai and jordanian boys. i hope you don’t mind.

i’ll be checking yr blog every now and then from now on. i dont have any american muslim friends (its not that i don’t wanna, just havent met any yet), so if its cool with you, i might get in touch on what ‘islamic brands’ are making an impact in yr part of the world..

cheers

silmyi



Aliana says:

silmyi, No problem you can use these any time you want. I have been away so could not reply earlier. My apologies for the late reply. I will be posting regularly soon.



stinger says:

I would rather trust a woman’s instinct than a man’s reason. -Stanley Baldwin

What about a man’s instincts? By the way, “instincts” is not the right word here. “Nature” is. Instinct by the very definition, is limited by biological reasoning. This definition makes the quote totally meaningless. This fine line between instinct and nature must be defined.

I wrote the following lines as a comment somewhere: “How do you define human nature? If you think our instincts are our nature, then you are only limiting humans. Our nature consists of other ‘agents’ as well. When you come in harmony with the nature, you eventually come in harmony with the rules set down by Islam. I’m not a mullah. I don’t believe in reading about rules and then following them. I believe that one should follow his nature (not instincts though) and he will eventually be how God wants him to be.”

Your comments?



bibomedia says:

Have a nice day !



hmcahyo says:

just walking

nice blog

warm cheer from indonesian

hmcahyo.wordpress.com



Aliana says:

stinger, I think Popeye said it best – I am what I am. Anywayz I will write in detail soon.

aiqha, wa salamz

bibomedia, U 2

hmcahyo, thanks.



cavaliere84 says:

Could you guide me a little on reading Nietzsche?



Egi says:

Assalamualaikum,
hm…seems you haven’t been able to update this blog recently, nice site anyways. Hi, I am Egi in Indonesia, last year I stayed in US for two months. I’ll be glad if we can share about Islam in USA or just be friends. Well, many thanks🙂



Taheem says:

really nice blog……ماشاءاللہ بہت ہی خوب بلاگ ہے آپکا



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