Examining cosmopolitanism by Alia Hogben

From the Kingston Whig-Standard

KINGSTON – How to write one column when such a maelstrom of ideas is whirling in one’s mind!


How about writing on the controversial topic of “cultural appropriation” or, more accurately, “misappropriation” or has too much already been said?

What about immigration and the questions around accommodation, assimilation or integration, or, worse still, fragmentation into distinct groupings?

Shall I add my voice to the cacophony of opinions on racism, discrimination, anti-Semitism or Islamophobia? Shall I write about my newfound addiction to CNN and U.S. President Donald Trump? If it weren’t so deadly frightening, it could be so funny.

How about my search to identify myself as a cosmopolitan, which would allow me to value my nationality and my religious identity within the context of being a citizen of the world?

It is only recently that I have accepted that I am a Western Muslim with a background of my cultural ethnicity of being Indian. I was blithely thinking that I could proudly claim aspects of western intellectual history, arts and literature as well as my Indian and Muslim cultures. Read more here.