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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.