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Ruslan Yusupov

Ruslan Yusupov is an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. Sociocultural anthropologist by training, he is currently working on a book manuscript that explores how a community of Chinese Muslims, most of whom are former drug addicts, engage in social volunteering as a way to imagine futures in securitizing Chinese modernity. Among the cases that this work focuses on is the way Muslim volunteers rethink the religious as well as the political role of Islamic prohibitions in their lives.



This essay takes taboo as a critical term to trace the history of our modern present and as a conceptual companion with which to think through the complex entanglement of the ethical, the theological, and the political.

The Rupture of Desire: An Interview with China Miéville

The following is a small portion of a longer interview with China Miéville in the journal Political Theology.

Pussy Riot and the Church

This piece is from the Political Theology Network archives originally posted on August 23, 2012.

In Memoriam:                                                                      Metropolitan John D. Zizioulas and the Journey of Theology Toward the Future

The prominent Eastern Orthodox theologian Metropolitan John D. Zizioulas of Pergamon (Ecumenical Patriarchate) passed in Athens, on February 2, 2023.


From Myanmar to Mariupol, from the streets of Memphis to the waves and winds of the Mediterranean Sea: resistance to violence takes many forms. So does political protest against precarity. At which point does the unavoidable vulnerability of the living condition come to expression as political agency? Can such precarious politics constitute or configure an alternative community?