by Kamel Daoud:
What remains for “Arab” intellectuals after the Charlie Hebdo events?
Faced with end-of-the-world jihadism, any intellectual identified as “Arab” is afflicted with the Jonah syndrome. Caught between Nineveh and Tyre, between the West and Islamistan.1 What use am I faced with mounting xenophobia and religious intolerance? How can I fight against obscurantism, against those who slit throats? How to resist and change the world?
Jonah took to the sea; he fled. He concluded that his role as envoy of God was at an impasse. End of scene one.