From America to Saudi Arabia, textual sacralisation induces a unique fervour

by Rashmee

Posted on October 25, 2020


  Just how sacralised has the American constitution become? Very. It would not be inaccurate to say it has become a secular religion, inspiring the same sort of fervour as a revealed religious text such as the Quran. In fact, exactly that sort of fervour, a righteous rage over the defence of something that’s considered … Continue reading “From America to Saudi Arabia, textual sacralisation induces a unique fervour”

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Eight deserts, three years, one book: Updating Thesiger and Philby?

by Rashmee

Posted on June 18, 2018


  At the British Library recently, William Atkins explained his decision to travel eight deserts in three years and produce a weighty, beautifully written book. Was the move to the desert an age-old quest – for silence – or was it an equally well-worn instinct for flight – from heartbreak? At the British Library, Mr Atkins didn’t … Continue reading “Eight deserts, three years, one book: Updating Thesiger and Philby?”

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Philby was writing about Saudi Arabia’s anti-western core a hundred years ago

by Rashmee

Posted on November 23, 2017


  Joschka Fischer, former foreign minister of Germany, recently made mention of Saudi Arabia ‘s “anti-Western tribal society” in the context of the reformist narrative and regressive nature of the conservative kingdom. It reminded me of something that H.St. John Philby wrote nearly a hundred years ago. Philby, father of the British Soviet double agent … Continue reading “Philby was writing about Saudi Arabia’s anti-western core a hundred years ago”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK