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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.

Stanizai.org, along with its soul-mate website Stanizai.com, offers hundreds of essays, articles, and blogs and countless hours of public presentations, lectures and interviews, in audio and video formats, in an effort to make but a smidgen of difference in the reorientation of our collective human consciousness.  
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Islamophobia Goes Global

by Zaman Stanizai

World War II ended the reign of fascism and racial supremacy and the victors of the war took pride in their cultural diversity, ethnic pluralism, and universal humanitarianism. They defined their modernity through the scope of civil rights and liberties not just for their own ethnic minorities, but for deprived and disenfranchised minorities globally. International organizations such as the United Nations addressed the same concerns beyond cultural identity and cultural relativism through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and other such agencies. Nations adhered to, or at least respected, the principles of democracy. Even authoritarian states pretended to be democratic, at least in name: the Democratic Republic of Korea, the German Democratic Republic, the people’s democratic republic of… Other nations proudly claimed to be ‘the beacon of democracy,’ ‘the world’s largest democracy,’ or ‘the Middle East’s only democracy.’ In the short interval before the East-West military realignment, it seemed that humanity had reached a critical turning point in its history and that any return to the tyrannies of the past genocides, pogroms, massacres, and holocausts were just that—the past.


At the end of the Cold War impasse, however, as the Berlin Wall came crumbling down, the ideological divide of the East-West was replaced by the Middle East-West racial, religious, and cultural divide that culminated in the election of Donald Trump and the rise of neo-fascism parading as super-nationalism. With the imposition of the 

Zaman Stanizai, Ph.D., is a professor of Political Science at California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Jack Miles' God in the Qur’an brings the three Abrahamic traditions to the table

We cannot force someone to hear a message they are not ready to receive, but we must never underestimate the power of planting a seed.


In God in the Qur’an, Jack Miles is planting that seed.  A seed that brings the three Abrahamic traditions to the table.  A table where for centuries, the commonality of names and terminologies not only hid the deeply essential and symbolic concepts they represented, but the subtle distinctions and critical differences across these traditions. The implication of these identities and expressions, if understood correctly within each tradition, will definitely allow for an evolving understanding of the historical/biblical personalities as well as the metaphysical, parapsychological, and the deeply theological phenomenon generically referred to as God.


This God with Its many names is understood differently not only from one religious tradition to the next but also within the hues and shades of sectarian and sub-sectarian 

Zaman Stanizai, Ph.D., is a professor of Political Science at California State University, Dominguez Hills.

The Greatest Danger in the Kurdish Crisis

The greatest danger in the Kurdish crisis is not in the tremendous loss of life, as tragic and shameful as that may be. In a volatile region of the world that is part and parcel of an on-going tragedy.  It isn’t in the fact that Kurds are repeatedly being used by one neighboring country against another as a convenient self-sustaining guerrilla force. The world community has been numbed to that. It is not in the U.S. betrayal of their cause either. That has been done seven times before. The greatest tragedy in the Kurdish crisis is in Turkey’s attempt to literally break up an otherwise contiguous Kurdistan straddling Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria into Bantustans à la Israel and South Africa.

If the heavy-handedness of the Turkish military is any indication, Erdogan seems to be bent on the ethnic cleansing and relocation of Kurds in northern Syria and resettling their lands along the Turkish border with Arab Syrian refugees currently residing in Turkey.

In this clash of cultures, the encroachment on Kurdish lands in northern Syria through an Arabization of the settlements amounts to an outright ethnic cleansing. If left unchecked, it will most likely be repeated on the Iraqi side of the Turkey-Iraq border in due course.

The Middle East, Land Disputes, and Religious History

by Zaman Stanizai

The entire Middle East region that bridges three continents has historically been defined by change: changing people, politics, religious ideas and ideologies. People with power have come and gone, but the land remains and still presents the international community with one of its most challenging conflicts.

For centuries Jerusalem has been an interfaith, intercultural, and international city where different faith communities have converged, comingled, and coexisted in relative peace. This diversity and inclusivity are characterized by such landmarks as the site of King Solomon’s First Temple, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and the golden Dome of the Rock in the centuries-old mosaic of Jewish, Christian, Armenian, and Muslim quarters that constitute the city of Jerusalem to this day.

Jerusalem may have had a Jewish identity during the Biblical period of the Kingdom of Israel 930-720 BCE, but the greater region of the Middle East has been occupied and settled by many people both before and after: The Egyptian Merneptah Stele, ...

Civil Liberties in the Throes of Turkish Authoritarianism

by Zaman Stanizai, PhD on 02 October 2017. Posted in What went wrong with Turkey?

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Objectivity in political analysis is a luxury often claimed, but rarely earned. Governments, no matter how responsive to public demands, often fall short of the people’s expectations and are, therefore, not immune to criticism by the public, the media, or the venomous stings of their political opponents. This is why our analysis must, of necessity, be prefixed with a philosophical perspective on human nature in governance as we identify the oscillating trends between democracy and authoritarianism in Turkey.

We often act as the defendants of our own actions while constantly judging the deeds of others. This gravitational force results in sanctimonious complacency and, at times, holier-than-thou indignation, keeping our perception fogged and our beliefs befuddled. Occasionally, we inquire within to see if we have striven enough to meet the ideals of our ideas.

Nuanced poetic parlance refuses to be anchored to syntactical constraints or phonemic formalities. It thus helps us color our reasoned thoughts with intuitions, measuring the severity of the perpetual unfurling of our human tragedy. The wondering soul in search of the self seems lost in the thronged landscape of faces aged by suffering—faces masking identities that can no longer discern and discriminate between reason and rhyme.

Terrorism: If Correctly Identified, Can be Cured

06/09/2017 03:19 am ET

Both common sense and scientific procedure would suggest that no problem can be solved unless it is correctly identified. Yet, this very fundamental principle is ignored in attempting to resolve the most devastating, life-threatening problem of our time, terrorism.

With increasing frequency, acts of terrorism have become the ugly face of our 21st century reality. In the past few weeks, bloody explosions have rocked Manchester, London, and Kabul. The attack in Kabul left ten times more dead and wounded than the combined casualties of the two attacks in England, yet it received much less attention and coverage in world press.

These acts of violence, generally described as the hatred of Islamist terrorists for Western democracies, are condemned by public opinion and political pundits. Authorities are defiant and resolute in promising to fight this foreign threat. Some express themselves in a stately manner such as the British... 

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It’s Time to Crash the Parties

 06/06/2016 01:49 pm ET

“The government you elect is the government you deserve.”

                                                                                           - Thomas Jefferson

The faint pulse of the health of the American democracy is indicative of a serious systemic dysfunction suggesting the need for a major surgery, or at least an end to the two-party monopoly. There is a daunting disconnect between the American people and their politicians. The deceptive tune of this serenade of the ancien régime seduces the American electorate into thinking that this government by the two parties is actually a government of the people, as the Constitution claims it to be. Yet, there is no mention of political parties anywhere in the Constitution of the United States.

For far too long our election cycles have produced politicians beholden to the military-industrial-congressional-prison complex rather than the ordinary people whom they claim to represent. Much like the ancient two-face Roman god Janus, we get a new face at the helm every four or eight years, but unlike Janus who symbolized change and transition, the two-headed American monster charms the public by promising change. At the end the public get a promise, but the politicians “keep the change.”


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.


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.

The Politics of Polarization

An interview with Zaman Stanizai, Ph.D.

By Shelley B. Blank  |  

December 14, 2016 AT 1:49 PM    Last Updated: December 20, 2016 1:50 pm

Protesters rally outside the Trump International Hotel and Tower, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 in Chicago, Ill.,  in opposition of Donald Trump's presidential election victory. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune via AP)

Protesters rally outside the Trump International Hotel and Tower, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 in Chicago, Ill., in opposition of Donald Trump's presidential election victory. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune via AP)

SBB: What is your overview of the political election as an event from a historical perspective?
ZS: The overwhelming dissatisfaction with the outcome of the 2016 presidential election is a symptom of a serious dysfunction in the American political system.
The U.S. Constitution was designed to serve the small, newly independent union on the North American continent in the 18th century. The founding fathers have to be commended for having the vision, wisdom, and foresight in designing a political system that has lasted far beyond anyone’s expectations and for drafting a constitution that has served well most of the people for most of its early history.

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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: 

Hi Zaman,
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).

Dear ...,
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

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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.

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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

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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 

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Implosions in the Middle East

Proceedings of a Panel on the  Implosions of International Relations in the Middle East focused on the Syrian conflict convened by the Epoch Times at the IMAN Peace Center in Los Angeles on October 9th, 2016.

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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