Why is history so important in the modern world?
44.2 | History
The current ‘woke’ insistence on the erasure of what is judged to be beyond the pale in history is often associated with radical ‘cancel culture’ and its very concrete expression in the removal of statues, especially of those with reprehensible historical connections to slavery such as Christopher Columbus and Edward Colston.
We start at the beginning. The founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, also known to Pakistanis as Quaid-e-Azam (the great leader), in his first address to the constituent assembly of the nascent country, said some words that I can easily call his most well-known.
What would you like to see in an exhibition on Islam?
What is ‘home’? Is it something more than just an address, just the building where we reside, just the valley that is ‘ours’, just the country where we were born and live?
Three poems by Tawfiz Zayad
For locals, Granada might mean40-plus centigrade summers and snow-huddled winters, mopeds zipping around narrow alleys, plaza nightlife, Corpus Christi and Semana Santa, flamenco and reggaeton, traffic and smog, graffiti, foreign students, and the notoriously grumpy temperament of its denizens, the untranslatably rude ‘malafollá’. But for tourists, Granada is all about the Alhambra.
Our list retrieves ten historical others that have been suppressed in favour of more iconic representations of particular moments in history.