I haven't slept in a couple days (don't ask) because reasons), but I am pretty amped up about the class I'll be teaching in a couple hours.

It should be pretty fun. The syllabus says "Iconoclasm & Islam," and on my syllabi, titles like that geneeeeerally mean: BAIT AND SWITCH.
One fun part of this class will entail showing students a (yes, safe) ISIS clip of what we would generally call 'iconoclasm' (actually really, extremely limited in number, proportionally - considering how prolific they are, and in a variety of media topics, themes, and genres)
Basically, that should get them talking about what I expect them to think and say as interdisciplinary / intermediate students without backgrounds, for the most part, in Art History and/or "The Middle East."
I'll let them all weigh in, and then I plan to ask them: "so... if ISIS is destroying images because images are haram....why are they making images of destroying images to demonstrate that images are haram?"
After a wee bit of history over the whole issue of ""images in Islamicate society vs. Muslim theological doctrine that varies vs. prolific representational art in secular contexts" etc etc we can address the whole "HEY THESE ARE NOT IDOLS PEOPLE BELIEVE IN ANYMORE AND ALSO MUSEM"
SO WAIT A SECOND WHAT PERHAPS WHAT ELSE WHAT OTHER POSSIBLE FACTORS MIGHT MOTIVATE THIS KIND OF THING I WONDER
And then we can talk about Gertrude Bell, the creation of Iraq & the contested politics of nationalism under colonial regimes as well as authoritarian regimes - incllllluuuuuding but not limited to the politicization and weaponization of heritage culture, archeology, and museums.
This part is extra fun because it leads into the #funfact - ISIS created an administrative wing to issue licenses for excavation of, and smuggling / export, antiquities and artifacts....

that post-purchase, wind up in many "Western" countries who...SPOILER

don't like ISIS.
Depending on time, I might have to save the next part for later in the week.

I'll have to see how hard heads are spinning first. Because the next video in line is... definitely, well... it's something.

Get ready. INCOMING.
Once we kick around the veeery problematic messy messy messy issues of ISIS, Iraq, Syria, 'Western' neoliberal imbrication in the global market for conflict antiquities and "The Middle East," colonialism, authoritarianism, yaddayadda...
I hope we get to it today. My aim is to close the class the above clip I found (from One America "News") that ostensibly discusses the NYT 'ISIS Files' discovery, collection, and revelations within.

It. Is. Something. Else.

THAT'S JUST A CLIP OF THE CRAZY. THERE'S MORE.
lol
I figure that's pleeeeenty of material to shake things up and spark some discussion.

Good GOD, I love my job.

Bait and switch. Ever useful as pedagogical alarm clocks for 8:30 am classes.
So that's Ms. Entropy's rough Pedagogy of Evil & "The Middle East" lesson plan for today.

Thanks for letting me organize my thoughts here, Twitter Machine.

I'll let you know how it all turns out. 😈
And I am now off to down six more cups of coffee, and probably two bags of chocolate covered espresso beans so I am hyper enough to make this as entertaining and lively as possible on no sleep.

#ThoughtsAndPrayers requested.
Couple more things before I'm off.

The same question can be asked about the Bamiyan Buddhas' destruction by the Taliban in 2001 Afghanistan.

Straight-forward "iconoclasm" it most definitely was... NOT (waaaaay more complicated).

I've published on Afghanistan's Bamiyan Buddhas and the Taliban before, but don't read me. Read someone WAY smarter than I'll ever be.

Finbarr Barry Flood. "Between Cult and Culture: Bamiyan, Islamic Iconoclasm, and the Museum." ---> Here's a free PDF!

nyu.edu/gsas/dept/fine…
And NOW I actually mean it, with one final caveat. If I die of a heart attack in class this morning, due to caffeine overload and sleep deprivation -- KNOW THIS, TWITTER:

I DIED DOING WHAT I LOVE. FOR MY STUDENTS.

#RIPMe #WorthIT

I MAY - OR MAY NOT - have sent my students the screenshot below as "my gift to you all, in gratitude for your patience this morning."

MAYBE I DID, MAYBE I DIDN'T.

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