The Latest: 43.3 | Ignorance

Linsey McGoey asserts the importance of ignorance studies, Alireza Doostdar suggests Jinn are a metaphor for unknowability, James Brooks urges we cannot rely on contemporary knowledge to bring about positive change, Alev Adil relates her person history of forgetting and ignorance, poems by Miran Gulzar, and Saad Mohammed Ismail scrutinizes the sham spirituality of Sadhguru.

Jagadish Vasudev, better known as Sadhguru, is an Indian spiritual guru of international renown. If you listen to him enough times – as I have – you come away with the impression that spirituality is the only sensible alternative to the regressive and old-fashioned belief in religion.

This is a history of forgetting, of my father’s unravelling mind, the memories blanketed by a fog of emptiness, but also of the willed forgetting that each generation of Turkish Cypriots have enacted, erasing and retelling the path as they attempt to forge a new identity that will enable them to survive as a community.

I’m writing this sitting alone on the eighth floor of the Can of Ham. You may have guessed, even if you don’t keep up with the vernacular names of the latest office towers to sprout in the City of London, that yes, it’s a building.

One late night in August 2008 I was enjoying dinner at the home of a college friend in Tehran when I received a worried phone call from my research assistant. Mehdi was breathless and wanted to know if I was ok.