November 19, 2007

MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS:

WHAT SORT OF MESSAGE IS THAT SENDING US? (Barry Rubin, November 19, 2007, GLORIA)

[T]he idea that underdevelopment or instability is caused by imperialism is so highly developed among the Western intelligentsia that it ignores the fundamental internal shortcomings that are the real problem, thus understating the problems caused by traditional culture, the need for reform, or the value of the virtues that led to Western successes.

Most revealing in this respect is a recent exchange between Syrian author Nidhal Na'ísa and Egyptian cleric Sheikh Ibrahim al-Khouli on al-Jazira television, October 30, 2007. Khouli said: "Western civilization is not really a civilization...."

Na'ísa responded by asking, "How did you come here [Qatar] from Egypt in two hours? On camels, it used to take you over six months to make a pilgrimage." [MEMRI translation] He might have added: Who developed the technology making it possible for you to speak to millions of people through airwaves to a box with pictures and sounds?

Other Arab liberals have pointed out that the ability to build airplanes is superior to the ability to crash them into buildings (the September 11 attacks).

Of course, Khoulib doesn't so much deny Western technological progress as to consider this endeavor worthless. He explains:

"Your concept of progress and backwardness are mistaken. This materialistic, technological progress, which gave rise to homosexuality even among the Church's clergyman and monks, who even perform same-sex marriages, is not a civilization. It is decay, in the true human sense and in the true moral sense. This runs counter to everything humanity has accepted in its long history." [MEMRI translation]


How likely is it that in a society as segregated by gender as the Bedouin was that homosexuality was uncommon? Monks, sailors, prisoners, etc., are awfully similar to desert-dwelling nomads in that regard.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 19, 2007 10:32 AM
Comments

It's not sodomy when you do it to your lessers or your property.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at November 19, 2007 3:13 PM

How likely is it that in a society as segregated by gender as the Bedouin was that homosexuality was uncommon?

They do it to their sheep. They are not allowed to eat them afterwards. And they call that civilization.

Posted by: ic at November 19, 2007 3:54 PM

More pedantry from me: I thought "civilization" had more meaning than just an eagerness to kill homosexuals.

Posted by: Brandon at November 19, 2007 4:07 PM

It doesn't. Civilization is just the willingness to be bound by the Law.

Posted by: oj at November 19, 2007 8:34 PM
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