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I'm Saqer (pronouns: he/they).

I work on issues in Translation Studies, Trans* and Intersex Studies, and Medieval Islamic Studies.

I've got affiliations with Decolonial Studies and the larger "Religious" Studies discipline.

Currently finishing up my dissertation at Binghamton University.

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In 2016, I published a paper in the TSQ titled:
“You Have Made Her a Man among Men”: Translating the Khuntha's Anatomy in Fatimid Jurisprudence

I discussed in it a case described in a Fatimid-era legal manual where a person had their body examined in order to be recognized as male and have a marriage voided.

tfw you need to get an official version of a draft chapter you've been reading to cite it somewhere and the nearest library holding it is in Malta.

the luddites did not destroy machines in opposition to machinery itself but to those owners that used the machinery to impoverish and immiserate the people ✊️

150 pages into Tocqueville and this is what I got so far

Tocqueville << America rules because Puritans >>
Everyone else << what? >>
Tocqueville << I said what I said >>

Teaching is great because sometimes it makes you re-think the overly complicated way you did something in a previous project and come up with something simpler and equally good, just for the sake of being better able to teach it

What do y'all do when you're a PhD graduate with no employment prospects and you get an email from a conference organizer trying to check the affiliation?

job market strategies, 

Academic textbook publishing 

Moving back to Dubai has kinda ruined my work/write/read schedule. But I have started making a daily reading schedule which is by far better than what my reading schedule looked like when I was a grad student. (was meaning three months ago).

I've been prepping to leave my books in a storage locker, and I'm utterly anxious about this particular move because my books won't cross the borders with me.

How do I know that my perfectionist tendencies are under control??? I have a dissertation almost ready for submission to the graduate school and the repos, and I submitted a job application recently and mentioned two different institutions in the same cover letter. 😢 I'm trying not to be upset about it.

I have 14 days to empty my apartment, and box up my books for indefinite storage, and to leave the US as a "grad student".

So I did that thing today and now I'm a doctor.

For the past month, I've been slowly trying to gather all my PDFs and EPUBs into a single location using Calibre. I just saw that I hit 1017 documents today.

I'm starting to become that person who doesn't know how to live without Calibre and Zotero.

"I needed to understand my own passionate opposition to the war that we were, endlessly it seemed, waging in Vietnam, and endlessly protesting at home. If I had known then that my country would continue making aggressive wars for the rest of my life, I might have had less energy for protesting that one. But, knowing only that I didn’t want to study war no more, I studied peace. I started by reading a whole mess of utopias and learning something about pacifism and Gandhi and nonviolent resistance. This led me to the nonviolent anarchist writers such as Peter Kropotkin and Paul Goodman. With them I felt a great, immediate affinity. They made sense to me in the way Lao Tzu did. They enabled me to think about war, peace, politics, how we govern one another and ourselves, the value of failure, and the strength of what is weak."

-- Ursula K. Le Guin

Google showing off their Translate skills: They translated German to Deutsche instead of Deutsch. Great job :blobderp:

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Reminder to not cross the picket line tomorrow and avoid using all rideshare apps. Help out workers in their struggle for fair pay!!

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