The Latest: 42.3 | Liberty

Jeremy Henzell-Thomas examines the etymology of freedom and liberty, Giles Goddard re-reads E M Forster, Katharina Schmoll moves forwards and backwards in an effort to live with freedom, C Scott Jordan tackles the unthought of liberty, Shamim Miah scrutinises liberal tyranny, Nur Sobers-Khan visits Sufi shrines of Pakistan, and poems by the Ukrainian poet Ihor Pavlyuk.

pilgrimage account, ethnography, auto-ethnography, poetic meditation on the lives of women and shrines across Sindh and Baluchistan, and an archive of stories otherwise untold.

Despite it all, I felt a sense of freedom. The wind was flowing through my hair, gently caressing me while I was walking through the fields with my hands open, palms touching the stalks of wheat around me.

On a blisteringly hot day in 1935, the writer E.M. Forster gave the opening speech to the first International Congress of Writers in Paris. His speech feels uncannily relevant today.

In his entry for the word liberation in Keywords, his seminal inquiry into the changing meanings of 131 keywords in English, Raymond Williams notes the parallel development in English from words derived from Latin liber and Teutonic freo (the source of freedom).