Meinrad Calleja is the author of "Aspects of Racism in Malta," a critical analytical study of racism trends in Malta; "Islam and the Dynamics of Power," a study of Islamic philosophy and modern political science; and "The Philosophy of Desert Metaphors in Ibrahim al-Koni - The Bleeding of the Stone," an attempt to prise out philosophical reflections in al-Koni's text through the study of two variables: metaphors and desert.
Calleja was educated at St. Edward's College, Malta and the University of Malta. He holds a B.A. (Hons.) in Arabic Studies and Sociology, and an M.A. in Arabic. The author's main interests lie in the areas of philosophy, history, literature and sociology.
When did you first start writing?
I always loved reading and think each text you interact with is a form of writing in motion, even if subconsciously. The first book of mine was published in 1999 and is entitled, "Aspects of Racism in Malta." I had read a number of books about the intersection of racism and discrimination with human rights and originally presented the study of racism in Malta as a university assignment. I was encouraged by my tutor to publish it.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, "The Battle Roar of Silence - Foucault and the Carceral System" basically addresses the accrued frustrations and delusions which people suffer in silence, in relation to human rights violations and other injustices. The main focus of my writing in this book is on the prison system as a signifier of 'law' and the subconscious signification it inflicts on people. This signification creates an entire industry of parasitic pseudo-scientists who pathologize any types of difference or otherness. People are thus forced into moulds they do not necessarily fit into and/or feel comfortable in.
In The Philosophy of Desert Metaphors in Ibrahim al-Koni - The Bleeding of the Stone, Meinrad Calleja takes a close look at one of al-Koni’s works – The bleeding of the stone – and attempts to prise out philosophical reflections concealed in the text. In it the desert provides a landscape rich in allusions while metaphors allow readers to engage in creative interpretation.
The Battle Roar of Silence: Foucault and the Carceral System explores the philosophical rationales sustaining morality, law, punishment and the carceral system as part of the globalisation discourse. This is an interdisciplinary study fusing aspects of sociology and psychoanalysis in a philosophical framework to tender a politically-charged critique of contemporary modes of domination and power.