Archive for October, 2008

More on the devil of Pan-Arabism racism in books

October 31, 2008

The Middle East – Page 89
by Library Information and Research Service – Middle East – 1999
After Sayyid Jamal, in Arabic countries and especially in Egypt, many
individuals were found who, by leaning on racism, Arabism and pan-Arabism, …
http://books.google.com/books?id=Ma1tAAAAMAAJ&q=arabism

A New Road for France – Page 30
by Jacques Soustelle, Benjamin Protter – Political Science -
1965 – 278 pages
Israel and French Algeria were… two barriers against which the totalitarian wave.. embodied by Nasser… a dictatorial pseudo-state type was created in Algeria, firmly tied to a single party, dominated by
the racist ideology of a Nasser-type pan-Arabism and by the revolutionary fanaticism of the Ulemas…algeria engaged itself in this fundamental domain on the road traced by Nasser’s Pan-Arabism and that the Christian and Jewish minority has been victim of a new discrimination …the enlightened spokesmen of human fraternity and peace are
symbolized
by Gamal Abdel-Nasser, who assiduously prepares, with the Nazis around him, the revenge of Himmler and Eichmann against Israel.
http://books.google.com/books?id=vPcAAAAAMAAJ&q=arabism+nasser

Violence, Political Culture & Development in Africa – Page 98
by Preben Kaarsholm – Social Science – 2006 – 208 pages
… and the racist ideology of ‘Arabism’ aligned with Islam that a succession of governments in Khartoum had adopted in fighting the wars in the South. …
http://books.google.com/books?id=G-pVrSSxU7IC&pg=PA98

Rethinking Nationalism in the Arab Middle
East – Page 213
by James P. Jankowski, I. Gershoni – History – 1997 – 372
pages
… of the Algerian Front Islamique du Salut (FIS) uses the 1967
defeat as proof that Arabism, being a form of racism, cannot elicit a sense
of community …
http://books.google.com/books?id=f3axNF2GdCkC&pg=PA213

African Politics – Page 84
by P. F. Gonidec – Political Science – 1980 – 367 pages
In the beginning, under the umbrella of Islamism and
subsequently of Arabism,
… This is the ‘anti-racist racism’ of JP Sartre, who has
very well analysed …
http://books.google.com/books?id=4lMcN-EWwTcC&pg=PA84

Racism, Culture, Markets – Page 139
by John Gabriel – Social Science – 1994 – 212 pages
without parallel economic growth… inevitably delivers a
population into some kind of ism, whether it be communism,
fascism or pan Arabism, and weans them away from democracy
http://books.google.com/books?id=wKsxy6lioasC&pg=PA139

Ideology and International Relations in the Modern World – Page
238
by Alan Cassels – Political Science – 1996 – 302 pages
With the exception of Zionism (hardly a Third-World
phenomenon), all the ideologies just discussed – pan-Islam, pan-Arabism and
other anti-Western …stimulated by some degree of racial ‘anti-white’ sentiment
http://books.google.com/books?pg=PA238&dq=&id=DkN6M2mvh9EC&output=html

5 Suicide Bomb Attacks Hit Somalia

October 31, 2008

5 Suicide Bomb Attacks Hit Somalia
By MOHAMMED IBRAHIM and JEFFREY GETTLEMAN
Published: October 29, 2008
MOGADISHU, Somalia — Five suicide car bombers attacked government and United Nations sites in northern Somalia on Wednesday, killing at least 21 people. The attacks shattered the rare sense of calm that had existed in a few corners of the country.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/30/world/africa/30somalia.html?hp
Muslim cleric detained over Somalia suicide bombs TopNews
http://www.topnews.in/muslim-cleric-detained-over-somalia-suicide-bombs-281874

5 suicide car bombs hit Somalia The Witness
http://www.witness.co.za/index.php?showcontent&global%5B_id%5D=15435
Somali Region of Puntland Makes Arrests After Suicide Bombings Bloomberg
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601116&sid=a0.x5RMKKgBY&refer=africa

Serial bombs kill at least 65 in India’s Assam

October 31, 2008

Serial bombs kill at least 65 in India’s Assam
Daily Times, Pakistan – Oct 30, 2008
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2008%5C10%5C31%5Cstory_31-10-2008_pg1_8

NEW DELHI: Eighteen bombs exploding in quick succession ripped through the capital of India’s troubled northeastern Assam state and three other towns on …
Scores killed as bomb blasts rip through Assam guardian.co.uk
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/oct/31/india-assam-terrorism-separatist-bomb

Bombs kill 65 in India’s Assam state Daily Nation
http://www.nation.co.ke/News/world/-/1068/485554/-/rysoxp/-/

Indian bomb blasts kill 62, wound 300 CNN International
http://edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/10/30/india.explosions/?imw=Y&iref=mpstoryemail

[Pan-Arabism = tyranny - racism] Eritrea Slams… IGAD as Tool of Anti-African Policies

October 30, 2008

[Pan-Arabism = tyranny - racism] Eritrea Slams… IGAD as Tool of Anti-African Policies
Oct 28, 2008

IGAD member states include a bunch of derelict or failed states that consist in the epitome of malfunction, ferocity and malignancy. With Eritrea having wisely suspended its participation in this nest of snakes in 2007, IGAD represents the illegal interests of the undemocratic and terrorist governments of Abyssinia, Sudan, Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya and Uganda. The six (6) countries´ names are the most loathed (by the inhabitants of the respective countries) country names throughout the globe.

In fact, Abyssinia, Sudan, Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya and Uganda represent today some of the world´s most appalling tyrannies. …

Sudan is a monumental tragedy of the colonial times; following the English 19th century colonization for which the docile and subservient pseudo-viceroys of Egypt have been used, the diffusion of Pan-Arabism and Islamic extremism in Sudan triggered identity confusion, complete national disorientation, ethnic division, and cultural divide. The end result was a fake state disconnected from its historical identity, indifferent for its past, and oblivious of its own name.
http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/79211

Bazooka or Burka – fear of criticizing Islamofascism oppression

October 28, 2008

Bazooka or Burka & fear of criticizing Islamofascism oppression…
thesun.co.uk — Many people are scared to criticise the worst excesses of Islamofascism while being hysterically sensitive to the perceived wrongs of our own culture, especially when it comes to the oppression of females.

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/features/article1790803.ece

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PODCAST: The Pax Islamica: Totalitarianism, Islamism and ‘Islamo-fascism’

October 28, 2008

PODCAST: The Pax Islamica: Totalitarianism, Islamism and ‘Islamo-fascism’

Ana Belén Soage

Ana Belén Soage

In this frank and relevant interview, Matthew Feldman, one of the editors of the Political Religions section of Religion Compass talks with Ana Belén Soage, of the University of Granada. They candidly discuss the nature of contemporary and modern politicised Islam.

Soage argues that the so-called ‘moderate’ forms of politicised Islam differ from the more radical forms (epitomised by groups like Al Qaeda) in degree only, not in kind. Any form of Islamist movement, she argues, necessarily requires the formation of a ‘Pax Islamica’; an essentially totalitarian aim. Islamist movements are therefore inimical to democracy as commonly understood. She also sketches out a surprising profile of her typical Islamist, and explains why the term ‘Islamo-fascism’ is so offensive to ordinary Muslims.

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http://religioncompass.wordpress.com/2008/10/28/podcast-the-pax-islamica-totalitarianism-islamism-and-islamo-fascism/ana-belen-soage

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Monstrous Syria

October 28, 2008

Syria, Iran harboring terrorists – Jul. 21, 2003 http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/07/21/bush.terror

A NATION AT WAR: INTELLIGENCE REPORTS; Syria Harbors Iraqis and Grants Transit to Hezbollah, U.S. Asserts… a major terrorist threat to American and Israeli interests around the world. … [Published: April 15, 2003]
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9F02EEDD113BF936A25757C0A9659C8B63

Syria: A 101 Course in Mideast Dictatorships – SPIEGEL ONLINE …When his powerful father died in 2000, Bashar al-Assad promised the end of political repression in Syria. But … [2005]http://www.spiegel.de/international/spiegel/0,1518,343242,00.html

Cleric’s Slaying a Rallying Cry for Kurds in Syria – Los Angeles Times The death of the mild-mannered sheik robbed Syria’s Kurds of a … He called for rights; he spoke out against the imprisonment and torture of Kurds. …
http://articles.latimes.com/2005/aug/14/world/fg-kurds14

The ascent of radical Islam is, perhaps, the natural culmination of a century’s worth of failed political systems in Muslim countries that were driven by morally bankrupt ideologies, led by cruel dictators, or both.In the 1930s, German-style fascism appealed to Arabs in Palestine and Egypt. Soviet-style communism had sympathetic governments in Afghanistan, Algeria and Yemen. Baathism took hold in Syria and Iraq. The secular Egyptian dictator Gamal Abdel Nasser promised a new pan-Arabism that would do away with colonial borders that divided the “the Arab nation.” Then there is the more pragmatic authoritarianism that survives in Muammar el-Qaddafi’s Libya or in the petrol-monarchies in the Gulf.Radical Islam may be as totalitarian and as morally bankrupt as any of these past or mostly defunct “isms,” but its current appeal isn’t hard to figure out. Unlike fascism or communism, radical Islam is locally grown, and not plagued by charges of foreign contamination. Indeed, Islamists claim to wage jihad against the modernism and globlization of the outside, mostly Westernized world. Such a message resonates in stagnant, impoverished Muslim countries….
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2006/12/why_radical_islam_and_why_now.html

Nuclear Weapons Programs – Syria It appears that the Syrian nuclear program came as a surprise to both the … The United States was concerned about Syria’s nuclear R&D [research and ...
http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/world/syria/nuke.htm

'USAF struck Syrian nuclear site' Middle East Jerusalem Post Nov 2, 2007 ... By JPOST.COM STAFF ... The September 6 raid over Syria was carried out by the US Air Force, ...
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull&cid=1192380718519

Report: IDF raid seized nuclear material before Syria air strike http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/906334.html

BBC NEWS Americas Bush expands sanctions on Syria Feb 14, 2008 ... Syria continues to undermine Lebanon's sovereignty and democracy... and sponsor and harbour terrorists... http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7244088.stm

Source: Intel shows N. Korea-Syria nuclear link - CNN.com US intelligence officials will tell members of Congress on Thursday that North Korea was helping Syria build a nuclear facility http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/04/23/syria.nuclear/index.html

Reports: CIA to brief Congress on nuke ties between Syria, North ...Apr 23, 2008 ... [they] also will say that though U.S. officials have had concerns for years about ties between North Korea and Syria…
http://blogs.usatoday.com/ondeadline/2008/04/reports-cia-to.html

U.S. offers evidence of North Korea-Syria nuclear plant – Los …US intelligence officials showed satellite images, classified photos and other evidence …
http://articles.latimes.com/2008/apr/25/world/fg-ussyria25

Syria planned to supply Iran with nuclear fuel, Israel says …Jun 25, 2008 … Strategic expert says idea was to share plutonium from site bombed by Israel last September.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/jun/25/syria.iran

Barbara Walters: Syrian Dictator ‘Charming,’ ‘Intelligent …Jul 7, 2008 http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/justin-mccarthy/2008/07/07/barbara-walters-syrian-dicator-charming-intelligent

As the president of Kurdistan National Assembly of Syria, an umbrella organization of Syrian Kurds, I admire your efforts on behalf of human rights globally. I must however express my concerns with your views on having dialogues with Syria’s dictator Bashar Assad.
Dear Senator, the Middle East Conflict extends beyond the Arab-Israeli conflict. I would like to bring to your attention the Plight of Kurds in Syria. Senator, we seek your support in resolving the Kurdish question in Syria peacefully and through dialogue. You should know however that President Assad or Assad Regime has consistently and gravely violated the human and the national rights of the Kurdish people of Syria for the last five decades.
The Assad regimes of Hafez and Bashar deliberately Arabized the Kurdish region of Syria as a national policy. The result of Arabization rendered 300,000 Kurds “stateless foreigners” (ajanibin Arabic) and subject to oppression…
http://www.kurdishaspect.com/doc042508SA.html

September 28, 2008 No. 466 Mass Killings and Human Rights Violations in Syria… policy of oppression, physical aggression, and killing. …
http://www.memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=archives&Area=ia&ID=IA46608

Officials try to deport man with link to Syrian terror groupNational Post, Canada – Sep 30, 2008… officials are trying to deport a London, Ont., adult education teacher because he was once a member of a Syrian political party involved in terrorism. …
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=851308

Mass Killings and Human Rights Violations in Syria: Report By O …Sep 29, 2008 … Syrian human rights activist George Salim recounts the torture he endured … Kurds in Syria often speak Kurdish in public, unless all those …
http://ekurd.net/mismas/articles/misc2008/9/syriakurdistan151.htm

OPEC Regimes: The “Change They Need” in US Foreign PolicyHuman Events, DC – [Oct 26, 2008]In the ranking of Human Rights abuses around the world, Angola’s MPLA-controlled government ranks only 157 ahead of Syria, Venezuela, Iran, Libya and Cuba…
http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=29192

Lebanese prime minister alerts US to Syrian terror plot as pretext …DEBKA file, Israel – Oct 6, 2008The prime minister said the tip-off he received uncovered a Syrian conspiracy to stage a major terrorist operation or assassinate a Lebanese figure…
http://www.debka.com/headline.php?hid=5633

Syria Created It’s Own Terror Problem CBS News [0ct 17, 2008]http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/10/17/opinion/main4528930.shtml

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Bali Jihad bomber to finally get his SEX in Islamic XXX Rated Paradise

October 24, 2008

Bali Jihad bomber to finally get his SEX in Islamic XXX Rated Paradise

Shoot the bombers, and soon By Mike O’Connor October 05, 2008 11:00pm WHILE large numbers of Australians are mourning the diminution of their superannuation savings, next Sunday some of their number will feel the pain of a much greater loss. On that day, six years will have passed since the Sari Club in Bali’s Kuta Beach was turned into a killing ground by militant Islamic bombers who murdered 202 people, 88 of whom were Australians. with Ramadan now over, the bombers have launched another line of appeal, once more showing a reluctance to pass into Paradise, where, according to their beliefs, legions of nubile virgins await to indulge their every desire…

http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,24449299-27197,00.html

Indonesia says to execute Bali bombers Reuters JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia will execute the Bali bombers on death row in early November, the spokesman of the Indonesian attorney general’s office said on Friday.

http://africa.reuters.com/world/news/usnTRE49N1IY.html

Bali bombers to be shot dead after losing court appeal to be …21 Oct 2008 … Militants to build shrine to Bali bombers … Hope they attain their goal of: wine, 72 virgins and a bunch of pretty boys in “paradise”.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article4986137.ece

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Arab scholar: “torture is a way of life” in the Middle East , Bradley: since 1952, Egypt has brtually occupied its people by its military

October 24, 2008

John Bradley: ‘Inside Egypt’

Review

“‘Inside Egypt is an original, angry, brilliant, subtle, and highly readable expose of contemporary Egyptian politics and society.’ – Peter Bergen, author of Holy War Inc. and The Osama bin Laden I Know ‘A highly informed, temperate, and understanding account of a country that is an enigma.’ – The New York Times ‘Contributes substantially to the debate.’ – Los Angeles Times ‘A thoughtful, incisive portrait of a fractured nation…a remarkable volume.’ – Newsweek”

Journalist Bradley (Saudi Arabia Exposed, 2005) trains a sharp reportorial eye on the nearly failed nation-state in the cross hairs of world conflict.The author doesn’t dwell too long on Egypt’s storied past. Instead, he gives a blistering overview of what it’s like to live today in this autocratic, hopelessly corrupt society. The Egypt he depicts is a place where anyone can be jailed or tortured at any time for no reason, where Islamic fundamentalism is slowly gaining a foothold among people formerly proud of their diverse heritage, where in some places the only viable form of employment for young men is prostitution, both gay and straight. Bradley also examines why the United States spends $2 billion per year propping up President Hosni Mubarak (“the third-longest-ruling Egyptian leader in the past four thousand years”), despite his crackdowns on anything approaching democracy and his blatant favoring of anything that will bring in more tourist dollars over the best interests of the Egyptian populace. Mubarak is able to gin up American interest, the author notes, by playing up the threat of the Muslim Brotherhood, a nominally political organization that provides social services far more efficiently than the government does and wants to reinstate the Caliphate. Needless to say, Bradley isn’t hopeful about the future, fearing that an Iranian-style theocracy is in the cards for a once-proud nation whose pedigree dates back more than 5,000 years.Unlikely to win the author any friends among the Egyptian political elite, but terrifically well told and extremely sobering. (Kirkus Reviews)

Library Journal “A devastating critique of Egypt’s current dictatorial government.”

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1403984778?tag=lighfromtheno-21&camp=1406&creative=6394&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=1403984778&adid=1YWD3NNHX0J3V1P3B2FX&

[By an Arab scholar:] “torture is a way of life” in the Middle East (p. 144)

In Inside Egypt, I argue that the country has effectively been occupied since 1952 by the military. The military have created a system of oppression that has only one goal: perpetuating their own rule and increasing their own wealth and privilege. For this to happen, the Egyptian people must be cowed into subservience through systematic torture and other crude forms of intimidation.

http://frontpagemag.com/Articles/Printable.aspx?GUID=8D51E68E-FB9D-4FEA-BD51-554742EC61C4

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Fitzgerald: Arab racism & black Muslims

October 23, 2008

October 23, 2008

Fitzgerald: Arab racism and black Muslims

You can find online complaints about Arab racism from black Muslims (or Black Muslims, that is members of the Nation of Islam, who are not considered real Muslims by the Arabs) in this country. Despite the universalist claims made for Islam, it is, and has always been, a vehicle for Arab supremacism. The reasons are not hard to find. As Anwar Shaikh (an ex-Muslim who was born in Pakistan and died in Wales in 2006) noted in his book Islam, The Arab National Religion, the Arabs consider themselves to be superior to other Muslims because they “received” the message from Allah. It was given to them and was in their language. Non-Arab Muslims are supposed to read the Qur’an, or listen to its recital, only in Arabic. Any other version, in any other language, is not the same thing.

Compare this to the missionaries for Christianity, who in some cases became extraordinary linguists in order to study native languages and dialects and translate the Bible into them. And they did this for languages that in many cases had never had a written form — thereby helping to preserve the language for use, and for study.

And when a Muslim prays, wherever in the world he may be, he is directed to pray — it is a matter of fantastic importance — toward Mecca, toward the Hejaz, toward Arabia, the center of his being.

And the Sunnah, one should not forget, is at least as important as the Qur’an. Some Arabs even say that it is possible to imagine a guide to life with the Sunnah alone, but not with the Qur’an alone. Both matter. And what is the Sunnah? It consists of “practice” — the customs and manners of the early Arabs, that is, of Muhammad and His Companions, that serve to gloss the Qur’an. And the Sunnah is derived from two texts — the Hadith, the written record of the sayings and acts of Muhammad, and the Sira, the biography of Muhammad, the first version of which appeared a century-and-a-half after the historical (if he was historical) Muhammad’s death. What matters is not what parts of the Sira were imagined or which Hadith were made up, and by what means, but which parts Muslims take to be the genuine details of the life of Muhammad, and what Hadith they believe to be the most “authentic” in the compilations of the most “authoritative” — by their lights — muhaddithin.

As Anwar Shaikh notes, the Arabs of Arabia needed their own “religion” to compete with, but not to be completely unlike, the earlier-in-time monotheisms of the lands they first conquered. These lands were inhabited by Christians and Jews. The Jews were not confined to the Land of Israel, but were to be found living, and for a long time, in many parts of the Middle East. They were living in Iran and present-day Iraq, and of course in Arabia itself — for how else could they keep being encountered by Muhammad, in Mecca, Medina (Yathrib), the Khaybar Oasis? The Arab “religion” that they created is clearly the result of taking bits and pieces of pagan Arab pre-Islamic lore (the djinn, for example), mixed with misunderstood and misremembered bits of Judaism and Christianity.

This amalgam was presented to the conquered peoples, the Christians and Jews, as not the New and Improved Version of their faiths (as modern Western marketers might have done with a detergent), but rather as something else — the True Version of Their Faith, which they had misunderstood and distorted or perverted. This made it less strange a faith, and those elements of pre-existing beliefs to be found within it, however jumbled, made it easier for Islam to insinuate itself into the minds of non-Muslims who often converted purely as a practical matter. They did so in order to join the side of the conquerors, to be free of the many disabilities that as non-Muslims they would have to endure (the three choices were: to be killed, to convert, or to endure forever the status of dhimmi, with all that that meant). How many Christians in America today, if they had, in perpetuity, to pay $50,000 per head to remain Christians, would do so? For how many would there be a falling off, and how many each year?

Islam has been a destroyer of other cultures and other languages. In a world that worships “diversity,” the thrust of Islam has been to efface diversity. Languages other than Arabic have received no sympathetic study or attention by Arabs or Muslim missionaries — the effort has been to efface the many languages and cultures that could once be found in the lands conquered. There are, here and there, pockets of Aramaic-speakers in some Syrian villages, a handful of Mandaeans and Yazidis (450 of whom were killed by Muslim bombs in the worst act of Muslim terror in Iraq). There are the Copts in Egypt, or what is left of them, they who once were virtually the entire population of Egypt. There are Assyrians and Chaldeans in Iraq, or what is left of them, they who were once…ditto. And so on.

The history of Arab oppression of blacks, whether those blacks became nominal Muslims or not, is too long. The history of Arab enslavement of blacks started far earlier, was much more devastating in its effects, and continued much later, than the Atlantic slave trade. A scholar has estimated that because Arabs specialized in seizing young black males for use in harems (contrary to the Western imagination, harems were not just for the rulers), and would castrate their hunted prey in situ in the jungle, the mortality rate among those then taken by slave coffle to the waiting boats that would take them to the slave markets of Islam reached 90%. See “The Hideous Trade” or google that title and “Jihad Watch” for more.

Slavery is legitimate in Islam. Muhammad had slaves. Muhammad is the Perfect Man. Seventh-century Arabia allowed slavery. Seventh-century Arabia provides the Sunnah, the customs and manners that are to be followed. The Arab slave trade went up and down East Africa, with the chief entrepot for the local trade in African blacks being the islands of Zanzibar and Pemba, held by the Arab rulers of Oman. The Arabs also went deep into Central Africa, and into West Africa too, while the European slave-traders never managed to penetrate the interior, preferring to remain on the coast of West Africa and having slaves delivered to them by local tribes.

Slavery was not abolished willingly by the Arabs. It was stamped out, rather, by Western powers. There is no Arab William Wilberforce. There never has been a declaration, by any Arab leader, or government, or theological institute, that slavery is always and everywhere morally wrong. And there cannot be such a declaration, because Muslims are hemmed in by the Example of Muhammad, uswa hasana, al-insan al-kamil, and the practice of the Sunnah. If the French ended Arab enslavement of blacks in much of North Africa, it was the British — the Royal Navy — that helped stamp out the slave trade that continued between Africa and Arabia. This tale is told most fully in J. B. Kelly’s “Britain and the Persian Gulf, 1795-1880.” But the Arabs still managed, as the British presence on the seas diminished, to resurrect that slave trade, which continued into the 1960s.

In 1962, just before slavery was formally abolished — because Saudi Arabia was not yet rich from oil revenues, it had to succumb to Western pressure — 20% at least of the population consisted of black slaves. For more google “Arab slave trade in Africa,” or start here.

It is not surprising that in Dayton, a Muslim girl might have made up a story blaming black men. Nor is it surprising that the Arabs in this congregation want to move from a black neighborhood to a white one. Look at how unwelcome Arabs and Pakistanis have made black Muslims who wish to attend, in any numbers, the same mosques with them. Blacks are seen as fit fodder for conversion to Islam — without really letting potential converts know much about Islam. The proselytizers hold back so much, until their targets are deeply committed and can’t easily get out. They do this so as to swell Muslim ranks and perceived (and real) power, but are not so happy for the new converts to actually associate with Arabs and Pakistanis, who find such an association distasteful. Compare that with the welcoming practice of Christian churches, not least among those evangelicals who have become the butt of so much self-assured mockery.

Not only are most forms of art — sculpture and most painting — forbidden in Islam (look at any major museum at the “Islamic art” — Arabic calligraphy on ceramic plates, and Qur’anic calligraphy on paper), but it is difficult to conduct science within a society suffused with Islam, that discourages every sign of free and skeptical inquiry about the most important thing — Islam — and hence about everything else as well).

And then there is music. There is no Muslim equivalent to the church music of Christianity. Music is forbidden (Black Muslims in America may at times ignore this ban — one more sign of un-orthodoxy). Wherever strict Muslims are in power, they attempt to ban all kinds of music, the folk-music that naturally wells up, as it does in Afghanistan, because it responds to a universal need that the Shari’a laws do not allow to be met. The wedding-singers killed in Afghanistan, the gamelan players in Indonesia disparaged by local Muslims, the RAI singers (often Berbers) threatened or killed in Algeria — all of these are signs and symbols of the Islamic hostility to music. This does not mean that there are not singers. No one denies that there is Arabic music — that oud, those other exotic instruments, or even singers such as Umm Kalthum. But the role of music is much smaller, and it is despite Islam and its discouragement that music appears. The texts and the spirit of Islam, truly adhered to, would deny a role for music altogether. It distracts, you see: distracts from worship.

Sister Rosetta Tharpe begs to differ.

And in the earlier, pre-old-time-religion phase of her career, Rosetta Tharpe’s performance begs to differ with, and demands to ignore, just as much as does her later work, the hostility to music that is inculcated by Islam. And her many admirers — whose numbers may swell with the two examples of her art posted today — will agree.

http://www.jihadwatch.org/dhimmiwatch/archives/023209.php

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