searches for certainty: “the reliable”

What is an Arab? ….

The Arab, in a modern sense, did not exist until the birth of Islam. Until then, the dictionary definition was right: an Arab was no more than a native of Arabia. Arabia relapsed into obscurity at the end of the third century, when easier trade routes to India were developed. For the next three centuries, there was a general stagnation, known to historians as al-Jahiliyah-The Ignorance. But out of this decadence in the seventh century, flowered the faith called Islam and out of Islam came the Arab.It was said that their “brows touched Heaven. Islam brought them to their feet, and in the first of the Arab awakenings, very soon made them masters of an immense and marvelous empire.

—Timur lies dead. The court mourns the dead Emperor.
Photo related to the Nomination India – Arabic and Persian Manuscripts and Miniature paintings of Mughal, Central Asian & Iranian Schools
Photo from the Album Timur Nama which includes pictorial representations of the selected paintings of the rare and most valuable manuscript “Tarikh Khandan-e-Timuria”, preserved at the Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Public Library Patna.—Read More:

Islam created Arabism, and from the start, the power of one was the power of the other. To sense its continuing force, just visiting or seeingĀ  a classic mosque of the faith such as Al Asqua or Grand Mosque of Kairouan, one can gather that the allure of the scene is identical among all these landmark houses of worship. The original mosque was a tent, terrific structures that possess a quality of caravansaries ; it is said that the mosque is in a perpetual condition of surprise, but still, there is to all its activities, a soothing sense of the inevitable. The strength of Islam is the strength of absolute certainty. All is ordained, demonstrable, in the books.

—Mohammed solves a dispute over lifting the black stone into position at the Kaaba. The legends tell how, after the people of Mecca converted to Islam, they wanted to re-dedicate the Kaaba, turning it from a polytheistic pagan shrine into a monotheistic shrine to Allah. When several Meccans argued over who had the right to lift the Black Stone into place as the culmination of the ceremony, Mohammed resolved the argument by placing the stone in a cloth and having all the men lift the cloth together. Miniature illustration on vellum from the book Jami’ al-Tawarikh (literally “Compendium of Chronicles” but often referred to as The Universal History or History of the World), by Rashid al-Din, published in Tabriz, Persia, 1307 A.D. Now in the collection of the Edinburgh University Library, Scotland—Read More:

Born in the mind of a middle-aged merchant of Mecca, Mohammed “the Reliable,” Islam was not merely a new monotheistic faith, in the line of Judaism and Christianity. It was a compendium of duties and manners- a new lifestyle for the people of the peninsula. It declared the truest revelation of divine will to be the Koran, miraculously dictated to Mohammed over a period of twenty years and later supplemented by a whole cycle of holy traditions. Its rules were well suited to the exactments of desert existence, promising lush rewards in the afterlife and meanwhile adjuring the faithful to abstinence, self-discipline, and surrender to the will of god.

—Illustration showing Mohammed (on the right) preaching his final sermon to his earliest converts, on Mount Ararat near Mecca; taken from a medieval-era manuscript of the astronomical treatise The Remaining Signs of Past Centuries by the Persian scholar al-Biruni; currently housed in the collection of the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris (Manuscrits Arabe 1489 fol. 5v). This scene was popular among medieval Islamic artists,…Read More:

Islam’s grandeur was austere. It went well with harsh places, volatile temperaments, warlike habits. It was a manly and vigorous creed, and tempered by its restraints, armed with its unquestioning beliefs, newly bound together by its comeradeship, the Arabs burst out of their arid homeland to set their stamp upon the world.

—This is a big story: the en masse resignations of the Shuman family members from the Arab Bank. And the Palestinian billionaire, Munib Al-Masri, rebukes the Shumans for the resignations ignoring the sinister campaign that Rafiq Hairi had started to take over the bank, probably at the behest of US/Israeli interests which have been criticizing the bank for years. …Lebanese government asserts its authority by arresting two people engaged in “homosexual act”
I am not making this up. Two people were arrested in Lebanon on charges of practicing Liwat (same sex sex) in a car. Human Rights Watch issued a strong statement blaming the Syrian regime….Read More: image:

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One Response to searches for certainty: “the reliable”

  1. Parissa says:

    I think your categories ignore the separation between Persian and Arab. from a post-colonial point of view, you should not confuse Persian and Arab.

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