I haven’t really read the news for the last few days, party because I’ve been travelling and partly because I’m just really annoyed at the way the administration is doing things. I know, I know . . . that’s not news. However, the issue for me has progressed beyond general annoyance and crystallized around two central issues – power and trust. We live in the free world and President Bush seems to have made freedom his mantra, but his behavior seems to more closely resemble an “elected” dictatorship. I know this is naive, but aren’t there any mainstream politicians who behave in a manner that shows that they understand that their power has been entrusted to them? How have they turned the privacy model of the free world on its head? How do you fight for freedom by closing opposition newspapers? How do you promote freedom by labelling dissenters as terrorists? And how do you sleep at night when you’re being so hypocritical? The one benefit that I thought might be able to be derived from rulership that relies on God is accountability to a higher power. I guess some people don’t fear the accountability of the day of judgment the same way that I do.
Annemarie Schimmel was one of the greatest, if not the greatest, commentator on Islamic literatures writing in English. Her works are magisterial, and very diverse. I’ve discovered one of her articles on-line, and it’s about the marsiya tradition. Her translations are just beautiful. I wish they had also included the original texts.
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Not really comprehensive, and I think common sensical, but I’m discovering there is a limited amount of common sense in the world and is a non-renewable resource that is being used up at a faster rate than oil. holy sites