Biopower in Allah is not obliged

“My concern is those figures of sovereignty whose central project is not the struggle for autonomy but the generalized instrumentalization of human existence and the material destruction of human bodies and populations. Such figures of sovereignty are far from a piece of prodigious insanity or an expression of a rupture between the impulses and interests of the body and those of the mind. Indeed, they, like the death camps, are what constitute the nomos of the political space in which we still live.”(Necropolitics, p.14)

What is amazing in Allah is not obliged is the less the insignificance of human life than the instability of the world into which child soldiers are thrown. The line between life and death is non-existent, hope and destruction are intertwined, rape is either utter violence or a source of pride; anything that enters this world dissolves instantly. First is religion, anyone who has a basic understanding of the main religions will realize how much the latter loses its meaning and its power in the world of these child soldiers. Beyond the hilarious ecumenical masses where a sort of pagan priest holds the Quran and the Bible in order to preach nonsense, there is the fact that no group in this work, from either faiths, seems to rely solely on the supposedly mystic power of their book. Often times we see characters who, being already Christian, are happy to have a Muslim and a pagan feticheur in order to feel mystically secure.

As for child soldiers, the narrator gives us the story of some of them, which always ends in death; and we see how meaningless their journey into the war zone is. Some became soldier after trying to separate a fight between mom and dad, some were selling bananas then got raped then became child soldier, and some wanted just to go see their aunt. This situation is not reserved for children only, Saint Beatrice has changed overnight from being a nun and a savior into the coolest women soldier ever. It is fascinating to see how difficult it becomes just to understand the actions and the feelings of the characters in this story, and the narrator himself seems to care less. Here we have a world where even the notion of biopower is meaningless since power itself is simply nonexistent.


About sdiouf

Ph.D student in Comparative Literature.
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