Over the coming months, I will post a series of essays as I reflect on the broader themes of Frank Herbert’s Dune novels and re/read them (starting with Children of Dune). This page consists of a table of contents for the series. As I post new essays, I will return to fill in links as needed. I encourage comments engaging in dialogue, critique, or debate on any of the posts; my hope is to provide a space for fruitful discussion.
Prior Essay on Dune & “White Saviors”: Dune’s Not a White Savior Narrative. But It’s Complicated.
Introduction to the Essay Series: Revisiting Dune & Its Saviors: On the Thoughts to Come
- The Muslimness of Dune: A Close Reading of “Appendix II: The Religion of Dune” (Tor. com]
- Gurney Halleck, the Moor; or, Othello in Space
- The novel Dune had deep Muslim influences. The movie erases them. [The Washington Post] (Or, Denis Villeneuve, the White Savior of Dune) (For more detailed thoughts on the film, see Supplement to Dune film review).
Interviews & Panels:
- “Let’s Obsess Over the Politics of Dune!” [Our Opinions Are Correct, with Annalee Newitz & Charlie Jane Anders]
- “Dune Review — What We Saw and What We Liked” [Muslim Anti-Racism Collective, with Margari Hill, Alex Fox, & Mohammad Raza]
- “Motherboard Does Dune: Spice, Psychedelics, and Spirituality” [Motherboard, with Gita Jackson, Brian Merchant, Shayla Love, David Klion, & Tim Marchman]
- “Bonus: The Deep History of Dune” [NPR’s Throughline, with Rund Abdelfatah & Ramtin Arablouei]
Reading Journal — Children of Dune:
- Reading Children of Dune, Entry 1: Qur’anic Passages; Race & Fremen Customs; Tradition & Change (pp. 1–29)
- Reading Children of Dune, Entry 2: Law & Modernity; Biblical Beasts & Jacurutu Origins; Herbert, Republican? (pp. 29–66)
- Reading Children of Dune, Entry 3: Osiris, Drunk Sufism, & the Alam al-Mythal; Sophisticated Primitivity; Fremen Rebels (pp. 67–91)