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With the Arabs in tent and town.

1902.

Accounts of a Christian missionary in Jordan.

https://archive.org/details/in.ernet.dli.2015.22654

I'll put up some interesting quotations in this post, as I come across them.

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But I hope to see the time when I can tell them the story of the cross, and that I shall see them accepting the Saviour. It is pot impossible, when we remember what He has done in other countries, where savage kings have given in before the Gospel ; surely we need not despair about these Arab chiefs and their families.

 

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Just read A Sound of Thunder by Ray Bradbury. With teachers notes and questions.

http://mrjost.weebly.com/uploads/1/2/8/8/12884680/a_sound_of_thunder_-_text.pdf

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14 hours ago, notme said:

@Hameedeh Ray Bradbury is one of my favorite authors. 

We had Fahrenheit 451 in grade school.  l wonder how he'd re-write it now, with the lnternet, video games and all. He died in 2012. Too bad he didn't. The 60's era movie is the best film version.

"The Millie Moment" Note: in the 1966 movie the name is changed to "Linda" played by Julie Christie.

The "Millie Moment" when she is called and asked to interact/participate with her TV, is eerily similar to the Algorithms, Like-Track, profiling done by lnternet providers, Google, NSA and other busy-body peeping-Toms.

AhamduAllah, the segment is on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAFGUEUVweU --which you may have to type-in, no embedding allowed.

Movie: "Will You Come Play With US?"  Hasan: "And Be Self-Confirmed."

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2 hours ago, hasanhh said:

wonder how he'd re-write it now, with the lnternet, video games

Salam from my experience when these type of movies re-write , new writers just focus on action because of development of special  effeffects  they become so obsessed with this that they forgot original story & message of Original one

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On 8/23/2018 at 10:17 PM, Silas said:

right now, I am reading "The Shia Revivial" by Vali Nasr

The book is somewhat dated for 2018. 

Nasr is okay but in this book he has sensationalised the division between Shia ranks as though Qum and Najaf are two competing centres for sociopolitical power in the Shia world. Sure, he is writing for a clueless Western audience but it's not good when such political commentaries paint a skewed picture of reality.

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On ‎8‎/‎24‎/‎2018 at 1:44 AM, LeftCoastMom said:

I was grousing to

Thanks for the new word. When l first read it l thought it meant 'calling', like this: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Ruffed_Grouse/sounds .

Kinda like a Tom-Tom communication.

l wasn't aware the word is also used for 'complaining'.  :sorry:

Ahamduallah, Man has dictionaries.

Now what would l think if you wrote 'smoking'? l, myself, do not read smoke.

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Currently on my desk:

  • Arabian Sands, by Wilferd Thesiger (AKA Mubarak b. London). A British explorer who volunteered to do a survey of desert locusts in the Rub' al-Khali after WWII. He spent time with the Rashid and Bayt Kthir bedouins, this book is his travelogue of crossing the Rub' al-Khali (or Rimal) desert with them. About a third done this work, fascinating read about a corner of the world before globalization hit it.
  • The Mongols and the Islamic World: From Conquest to Conversion, by Peter Jackson (no, not that one). Absolutely fascinating work, currently in the first chapter where he deals with the Muslim reactions to the Mongol expansions. I had no idea that Ibn Abi l-Hadid, Yaqut al-Hamawi, and Ibn al-Athir had all made some mention of the expansions. 
  • Old Nubian Texts from Qasr Ibrim 1, by J. Martin Plumley & Gerald M. Browne. A collection of manuscripts from Qasr Ibrim in southern Egypt written in the Old Nubian language, I found out about this language a few months ago and have been trying to get resources on it. It seems to have been the ancestor of modern Nubian languages spoken along the Nile in southern Egypt and the northern Sudan (some now under danger from being replaced by Arabic). When the area converted to Christianity in late antiquity they started writing down Christian material, a lot of which seems to be local. It was due to texts and inscriptions like these that we, thankfully, have knowledge of this medieval language. The book gives the text typed up in the Nubian script, a translation, notes, and provides a facsimile of the original document. I think thirteen documents are covered in total.
  • The Crucible of Islam, by G. W. Bowersock. This is a small book (two hundred or so pages) on the late antique context in which Islam emerged, covers important topics like religion in Arabia, South Arabia and Ethiopia, the city of Mecca, etc. It's a real page turner, I've finished about half of it. I'd recommend this to people to get an understanding of the pre-Islamic history of Arabia and the Middle East that was the milieu Islam came from and to become introduced to understand the thinking of academics regarding late antiquity and early Islam.
  • Kitab al-Khaza'in, by al-Mawla Ahmad b. Mahdi al-Naraqi. This is light reading I come to every now and then, a collection of small stories, poetry, and jokes in Arabic and Farsi. It's a nice change to take a break from other readings and the school books I'll be having to go through starting next week ( :( ).

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"Journey to the end of Islam" by Michael Muhammad Knight

 

Fantastic book (I like most of his work) covering his tour with a group of Muslim rock bands throughout several countries and trying to come to terms with Muslim identity (as he's American.) He explores many facets of Islam, from the ultra-conservatism in Sunni Islam, to some of our more controversial sects in Shia, the book culminates in his pilgrimage to Mecca. The book is a personal journey and offers room for us too, to reflect on Islam in the 21st century - both the good and the bad. Ultimately, it's trying to love and do Allah's Will, while making sense of the modern world.

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The Hate you Give

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32075671-the-hate-you-give

I just started it this morning. The chapters are short but I have to stop to collect my emotions at the end of each. This book is intense. I'm afraid to read what happens next and can't put it down. 

The writing might be challenging for people whose first language isn't English or who are unfamiliar with the urban patois. Even I, a well-read hillbilly from the southern end of the Appalachians, wouldn't want to be forced to read it aloud. So far it's really good though, at least up to chapter 4. Eye opening, even. 

They made a movie of it. I haven't seen the movie. 

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On 1/15/2019 at 11:44 AM, notme said:

Read it. But not if you don't want to care. It'll tear you up and you'll come out the other side changed. 

Well, you might. I suppose it might not have such an impact on people who can't say "that could have been me but for fortunate (or unfortunate) birth". 

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Up next: A People's History of the United States

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2767.A_People_s_History_of_the_United_States

I haven't started it yet, but it was the suggested first book for a community activist reading group that hasn't formed yet. It was on my "to read" list anyway. I'm more a pacifist than an activist, but I can read and talk. 

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Still reading A People's History of the United States, but I also started reading Kindred, by Octavia Butler. 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/60931.Kindred

It's classified as sci-fi, but it's not really. There's time travel, but it's more like speculative historical fiction. 

 

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