I was reading some South African blogs and I came across an interesting, recurring concept. It appears that muslimness is more linked to arabness than any other nationality. I find this rather strange for a few reasons. For one it is not 1400, secondly because the arab monarchy sets the most garish example of what is NOT muslim and lastly because Islam was revealed as a religion unto mankind and not just unto the arabs (or do I need to re-learn the Seerah?).
Of the 1 billion – and still growing number of - muslims worldwide the arab population is only a fraction. Maybe the revelation I should share is that ... All arabs are not muslim *gasp*! Infact Zorastrianism began in the Middle East and Yazidis are from the reigion as well. What I'm trying to say is that every single religion and lack of religion (athiests, humanists) has arab followers.
The other thing that I find amusing is how we treat words written in arabic. Just because something is written in arabic doesn't make it holy. What language do you think they use in arab erotica?
While we on the subject of “ all that is arab...” let me add that the desert and oasis are not only indigenous to the Middle East. Almost every continent from South America to Austrailia has desert land and all of them have equally beautiful women that live in them and oasis' that sustain them. Needless to say, this blog is not a celebration of all arab but rather a celebration of the symbols and lessons of that we may learn from the desert.