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As Eye Sea It
Welcome to As Eye Sea It. This web site presents perspectives on the world as the Inner Eye sees it through the Divine Sea of Beingness. It reflects on meaning as the very essence of being. We hope that you will attain to a higher state of consciousness through awareness in the being and an aspiration in the becoming as we all strive and stride towards perfection through the mind and throughthe heart.
We hope that your visit to this website is intellectually stimulating, spiritually rewarding, and the pacifist perspective present here is uplifting for those who consider all humanity as one family. We also hope that the power of word for the expression of peace and love through prose and poetry heals the scars that the unpleasant realities of the world leave on our souls. In that respect we are not driven by ideologies, but by ideas to raise consciousness so that the global disenchantment may be diminished or lessened.
WORLD, INTERNATIONAL, MIDDLE EAST
Dr. Zaman Stanizai is a professor of Mythological Studies at the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, Calif. He also teaches Political Science at California State University, Dominguez Hills. As a Fulbright scholar, he has worked in Indo-Iranian languages and as a political scientist he writes on the politicization of ethno-linguistic and religious identities in regional conflicts. He blogs on Huntington Post, the Middle East Institute, and ArticlesBase.com, as well as in Stanizai.org.
Syrians and civil defense workers evacuate victims from the rubble of a destroyed building following air strikes on the Eastern Ghouta town of Douma, a rebel stronghold east of the capital Damascus, on Jan. 10, 2016. (Sameer al-Doumy/AFP/Getty Images)
The Implosions of International Relationships in the Mideast
An interview with Dr. Zaman Stanizai
Last Updated: February 10, 2016 11:38 am
SBB: As a Muslim, share with us a misunderstanding the Muslim belief system that would bring us together.
ZS: Prophet Muhammad’s prophesy, call it a vision if you may, and was way ahead of its time. It was meant to elevate humanity from the perpetual conflicts of religious tribalism to a higher ground and into the realm of all humanity worshiping the One and only God. This unifying God wasn’t meant to be the god of the Muslims or of Christians or of Hindus, rather a universal god. That’s why its name Allah is an integrated construct of an inseparable article al-, ‘the’ and the ineffable noun –la, “The Nothingness,” thus TheNorthingness. Named thus, so its para-Cosmic reality would not be identifiable with any one culture, time, or place.
SBB: How then Dr., would that translate to the Western world as being a distinction, a better understanding?
ZS: Please call me Zaman. Unfortunately, this most significant distinction of Islam as a way of life is lost both on the Muslims of today as well as on their political/ideological-cum-religious proponents.
As the Muslim world is entering its dark ages in these critical times, the West seems to be pushing them in, instead of giving them a hand and leading them in the positive. The West is interested in its own economic gains as it supports dictators in the Muslim world and then call it democratization, and with the help of those same dictators marginalizes and radicalizes the masses whose misguided resistance is then called terrorism notwithstanding the fact that in essence we in the West have created them in the first place. And then they target them for extermination instead of dialoguing with them.
The slogan “we don’t talk to terrorists” is a cop out. We dialogue with the Irish, Serbian, Basque, and FARC terrorists to whom we feel akin, but those in the Muslim lands we want to bomb to the Stone Age. This hypocrisy stands in the way of peace, in the way of political reforms and even political protest and revolution such as the Arab Spring that is being brutally suppressed.
SBB: How does the Western world begin that “dialoguing” again?
In Response to a Letter From a Christian Friend
Posted: 01/11/2016 11:42 am EST Updated: 1 hour ago
Recently I received this message, in essence an invitation to a new faith, from a Christian friend of mine that sent me deep within for a contemplative response. The thought echoed through the landscape of my imagination and dialogued through reason with the message that began this way:
I think of you from time to time and wonder how you and your children are doing? I know the death of your dear Jahan has not been easy for you and your family. I wonder if you have heard of the book Seeking Allah, but Finding Jesus written by a Pakistani-born former Muslim now living in the U.S. who through dreams and comparing the Koran and the Bible came to know Jesus as his Savior and God. I covet that for you, Zaman. You can buy it on amazon.com God bless you, (name withheld to respect the sender's privacy).
Thank you for the invitation and for your expression of sympathy. I hope all is well with you. I read your invitation with interest and found a few loose ends in your proposition. As a Muslim I already believe in Jesus as I do in Muhammad, Moses, Siddhartha, Lau Tzu and virtually any divinely inspired living being who
When the Prophet of Peace Meets the Profit of War: An Analysis of the Hubris Syndrome in Governance
Posted: 12/15/2015 12:04 pm EST
Peace has always been a human ideal, an ultimate desire, and a necessary prerequisite for social harmony--a seemingly achievable goal. Yet in spite of the many evolutionary advances in human thought, peace has always remained an untenable dream--wishful thinking at best. War, by contrast, has been viewed as an act of bravery, valor, and heroism and has been glorified as the ultimate sacrifice in defense of individual, tribal, religious, or national rights and liberties.
Why does humankind like peace, but think war and why has this propensity for violence persistently defined human culture? Is violence inherent in human nature or has the role been subconsciously acquired through political socialization?
This is as much a case of mutation in political evolution as it is a failure in social engineering. In a traditional tribal administrative structure the chief and the tribe were bonded in mutual interests through blood and a sense of collective security. Because the survival of a tribal chief was tied to the survival and prosperity of the tribe, tribal leadership generally pursued peaceful alternatives instead of inter- and intra-tribal conflicts, resulting in extended periods of peaceful coexistence and social harmony. In modern governance, on the other hand, the survival of a political leader largely depends on his/her indispensability in times of crisis. This is why political leaders involve their countries in military conflicts in order to make themselves indispensable. This necessitates extending their term of office or at least increases their chance for re-election.
The Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders)Hospital recently bombed by U.S. Forces in Kunduz, Afghanistan
Obama's Last Stand on Afghanistan: A Strategy With No Foresight
Posted: 10/20/2015 2:49 pm EDT Updated: 1 minute ago
President Obama's decision to slow the troop drawdown from Afghanistan is hailed by some as the 'right decision.' But this 'right war' had done much wrong to the people of Afghanistan and like most U.S. foreign policy blunders; this one too misses the point.
Afghanistan's current instability has resulted from a U.S. foreign policy miscalculation of giving up long-term strategies for regional stability in favor of short-term 'band-aid' solutions. Such quick fixes have usually unraveled in a year or two and it is hard to believe that this time around the result would be any different. Here is a short list of the major U.S. foreign policy blunders in regards to Afghanistan.
1. In 2001 when the U.S. was weighing to side with the warlordism of the Northern Alliance or the fanaticism of the Taliban, it found it easier to justify its invasion
US Special Forces May Have Gone On a Murder Spree in Afghanistan—Did the Army Cover It Up?
The US military has re-opened a criminal investigation into some of the most serious accusations of war crimes against US forces in Afghanistan since 2001. As the New York Times reported last week, the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command will again investigate allegations that a Special Forces team was involved in the murders of at least 17 civilians in Afghanistan in 2012 and 2013. The question now is why the investigation has dragged on for so long—and whether there has at any point been a coverup by members of the military.
14 Years After 9/11, the War on Terror Is Accomplishing Everything bin Laden Hoped It Would
Fourteen years later and do you even believe it? Did we actually live it? Are we still living it? And how improbable is that? This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest updates from TomDispatch.com. Fourteen years of wars, interventions, assassinations, torture, kidnappings, black sites, the growth of the American national security state to monumental proportions, and the spread of Islamic extremism across much of the Greater Middle East and Africa. Fourteen years of astronomical expense, bombing campaigns galore, and a military-first foreign policy of repeated defeats, disappointments, and disasters. Fourteen years of a culture of fear in America, of endless alarms and warnings, as well as dire predictions of terrorist attacks. Fourteen years of the burial of American democracy (or rather its recreation as a billionaire’s playground and a source of spectacle and entertainment but not governance). Fourteen years of the spread of secrecy, the classification of every document in sight, the fierce prosecution of whistleblowers, and a faith-based urge to keep Americans “secure” by leaving them in the dark about what their government is doing. Fourteen years of the demobilization of the citizenry. Fourteen years of the rise of the warrior corporation, the transformation of war and intelligence gathering into profit-making activities, and the flocking of countless private contractors to the Pentagon, the NSA, the CIA, and too many other parts of the national security state to keep track of. Fourteen years of our wars coming home in the form of PTSD, the militarization of the police, and the spread of war-zone technology like drones and stingrays to the “homeland.” Fourteen years of that un-American word “homeland.” Fourteen years of the expansion of surveillance of every kind and of the development of a global
Re-Versed Revelations (Translations / Renditions)
Reflections on Life (Worldly)
Lectures and Presentations
Part I - On Spirituality, Philosophy, and Belief Systems
- Soul-searching in the Fractals of Being: A New Holistic Perspective on Connecting with the Metaphysical
- The Non-lingual Thought Proces
- Voices of Justice and Peace
- Myth is All Around Us
- A Sunni - Shi'i Intrafaith Dialogue
- Perceptions of the Divine
- The Hizmet Movement: Living an Exemplified Islam in the 21st Century
- Hizmet Hareketini Anlatiyor - Fikir Atlasi
- The Archetypal Adam With No Eve
- In the Shadow of Rumi
- Jahan and Zaman on Islamic Spiritual Tradition
- Islam Between Conformity and Modernity
- The Hidden Realities of Mi'raj, 'Ascension'
- Treasures of Islamic Mysticism
Part II - Historical Analysis
The Golden Age of Al-Andalus:
- Part I: From Civilizational Glory to Theocratic Tyranny
- Part II: Spain’s Culture of Coexistence in the Second Millennia
- Part III: When East was West – Islam’s Rising Peripheries
Part III - Political Critique
Interviews with Professor Hamoud Salhi on U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East: A California State University, Dominguez Hills tele-course in International Politics.
Lectures and Interviews
Part I - On Spirituality and Belief Systems
- Mythosophia -4 - Mythology of Eden
- Sufism: An Overview of Islamic Mysticism
- Like A Rainbow
- Islam and Science: Debunking the Myth of Incompatibility
- Can We Know God: A Phenomenological Approach to Understanding
Part II - Historical Analysis
- Islam Between Conformity and Modernity
- Identifying with Layers of Islamic Identities
- Revisiting Pivotal Junctures in Islamic History
- Crisis of Critical Thought in Muslim Societies: The Bidding of Bid’a
Part III - Political Critique - Radio interviews on KPFK Los Angeles
The latest video presentation
How I Think Thee with my Heart
A lecture on Divine Perceptions Wafted Through Rhyme and Reason in the Sufi Lore addressing humanity’s wholeness through a deeper understanding of the heart, consciousness, and active imagination presented at the Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association of Orange Country – at the Golden West College - January 16, 2016.
Does a Two-State Solution Suffice the Three Israels: Defining the Illusion of Identities
An analysis of the inherent contradictions between the historical claims, biblical promises, and political/ideological objectives that define the three Israels; defying the logic of survival for both Israelis and Palestinians
Reform in the Muslim World: Possibilities and Improbabilities
An analysis of how the paralysis of misplaced priorities defines Muslim societies that once progressed as an inclusive world civilization in spite of religion, but have now been held back because of religion
How Un-Islamic Is the Muslim World: The Divide Between Words and Deeds
An analysis of the widening rift between claim and compliance to Qur’an-based values in Muslim societies in the 21st century
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Blogs and Publications
- From Identity Crisis to Identity in Crisis in Afghanistan
- Afghanistan: Where Chaos Is King and Plunder Is Privilege
- Islamic Solar Calendar: Eclipsed by Politics and Ideology
- Can We Afford Another Failed State in Afghanistan? Beyond the 2014 Drawdown
- Afghanistan Exit Strategy: How Bilateral Is the Security Agreement
- Egypt and America in Historical Twists of Ironies
- Understanding Syria: How a Cold Front Chilled the Damascus Spring
- Drone Wars Terrorize Friends Into Enemies
- Provocation or Freedom of Expression
- Walking in a Muslim's Moccasins: A Different Perspective on the Muslim Protests
- Is American Gun Culture Compatible With a Modern Civil Society?
- Why Is the European Union Haunted by Its Rejection of Turkey?
- When an Arab Spring Is Neither
- NATO's Third Alternative in Afghanistan
- Afghanistan in the Throes of Nation Building and Military Build-up
- How We Messed Up a Flourishing Gun-barrel Democracy in Afghanistan
- Fighting by the Book Failing by Design: The U.S. Military's Inherent Conflict of Interest with Peace in Afghanistan
- We Must Wage War on War to Keep the Republic Public
- Downgrading American Democracy: Is There Any Left for the Rest of Us?
- Disowning ‘Otherness' in Norway's Nightmare and Europe's Long Past of Cultural Intolerance
- Silencing the Call of Democracy and Hijacking the Arab Revolution: Hidden Agenda and Secret Alliances Behind the Libyan Crisis
- How to Win Peace in Afghanistan For Half the Price of War
- The Day America Lost Its Soul: The Case Against Iraq
- The Bearded Truth
- Half a Millennium of Religious Intolerance: Russian-Muslim Conflicts in Central Asia :
- State of the World
- False anti-Semitism charges used to undermine campus movement for Palestinian rights
- Netanyahu will be remembered for speaking Israel's truth
- The Bilateral Security Agreement Debate
- In Case of Zero Option
- Ethnocentric Russian and U.S. Strategies Imperil Afghanistan
- The NSA and the Bush 9/11 Coup
- With Bags of Cash, C.I.A. Seeks Influence in Afghanistan
- Why the U.S. Paid Karzai's Top Aide
- An Open Letter to America's Christian Zionists
- Desmond Tutu: My plea to the people of Israel
- Norway's Muslims form protective human ring around synagogue
- The Quran of Pacifists and the Quran of Warmongers
- Al-Azhar Fatwa on Shias
- Terrorism is not a Muslim monopoly
- How Islam Can Eliminate the U.S. Debt
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