Muhammad Ali and the Carceral International: Sohail Daulatzai’s BLACK STAR, CRESCENT MOON, Chapters 4 and 5

Black Star, Crescent Moon explores Muhammad Ali’s legacy and impact in popular culture and politics in the United States. Unlike Malcolm X, whose political, intellectual, and spiritual development was cut short due to his untimely martyrdom, Muhammad Ali has continued to grow in the decades since X’s death.
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Nowruz Greetings (And Mixtape!) from the Ajam Family

Nowruz — which literally means “new day” in Persian — means new beginnings. As a holiday associated with the coming of spring, it is naturally a productive force and a time of reflection on the year that has past as well as our wishes for the year to come. May the year 1394 be full of ideas, creativity, love, resistance, and power for all.
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Rumi for the New-Age Soul: Coleman Barks and the Problems of Popular Translations

Barks, suffering from a particularly profitable case of researcher’s blindness, has flooded the market with a Rumi that has come to symbolize the individual beholden to no particular tradition, a man who seeks love before God or faith, all too familiar already in the canon of English, specifically American, literature. The result is a New Age poet, devoid of Islam, the 13th century, or the themes and images of the golden age of classical Persian poetry.
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