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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 … Continue reading

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How Birahima Makes Sense of Necropolitics in Allah is Not Obliged

The kind of political power that Achille Mbembe describes in “Necropolitics,” is exactly the kind of power at work in Allah is Not Obliged. In his essay, Mbembe argues that political power is bound up in the power “to dictate … Continue reading

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Repetition in Allah is Not Obliged

Ahmadou Kourouma’s novel Allah is Not Obliged makes heavy use of repetition in both language and structure to underline its themes on tribal war, child soldiers, and violence in Western Africa. The story is extremely voice-driven – irreverently narrated by … Continue reading

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“Like It’s Not Allowed”: Transgressive Boundaries of Allah Is Not Obliged

The first passage that stuck out to me in this particular novel did so for a bit of a strange reason. Allah Is Not Obliged has thrown me due to its matter-of-fact, colloquial style, summarizing events of stark brutality with … Continue reading

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Change for Thursday, and some Sozaboy secondary citations

Tomorrow we’ll discuss the novels: I’ll be in the classroom with those who read Sozaboy, and anyone reading Allah Is Not Obliged will meet in the lounge, which I’ve reserved.  I’d like to make a slight change to our agenda … Continue reading

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