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Arabic Quilling

“Quilling” is an art form I just learned about within the last month, then in my browse around the internet today, I found this Arabic quilling project on The Creative Muslimah blog.

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Imitations of Old Arabic Poetry

Dr Justice has some imitations of old Arabic poetry up on his blog today.

You can find it here.

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To my astonishment and dismay, many of my otherwise well-read and well-educated, not to say delightful, colleagues are unfamiliar with Jabberwocky. I know, right?! Don’t all budding linguists in the US cut their teeth on Lewis Carroll? I would have thought so.

Nevertheless, too many people have asked me what “vorpal sword” means to let this go. And since Jabberwocky is public domain, here it is:

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought —
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

“And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!’
He chortled in his joy.

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

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Serendipity & Videos

So there I was, avidly perusing the entries in the 2010 Dance Your PhD Contest, and wishing the clips were YouTube clips rather than Vimeo, since I can’t embed Vimeo competently. So I started searching on YouTube on some esoteric scientific titles, then I saw in the suggested videos one with some Arabic in the title, which I played, but it was lame, but there were more suggested videos, so I clicked on this one. And it’s pretty good. But it has nothing to do with anybody’s PhD, just a funny guy’s story of his conversion.

Meanwhile, here’s a PhD dance video about language. Unfortunately, this is only the link.

Dance as a vehicle for prejudice reduction and second language acquisition from Fuad Elhage on Vimeo.

If you go to the Gonzolabs page of PhD dance videos, I recommend my favorites (so far):

The Quantum Ruler: Using Quantum Mechanics to make better measurements.”


Cationic antimicrobial peptides derived from human seminal plasma inhibit HIV-1 infection.”

Plus check out the entry by a former(?) fellow Arabist, “The Concord of Collective Nouns and Verbs in Biblical Hebrew: A Controlled Study.”

Enjoy. 🙂

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Couple Things, One Neat, One Sad

At this other wordpress blog, Nomad Out of Time, they’ve built a gingerbread house that looks like a Yemeni house.

And the second story, here at the Jordan Times online:

AMMAN – Arab countries will be devastated by climate change, which threatens to wipe out almost half of the species in the region and transform the Levant into an “infertile crescent”, warned a report released on Sunday.

The “2009 Arab Environment: Climate Change. Impact of Climate Change on Arab Countries” report, released yesterday by the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED), indicated that the phenomenon will lead to fewer water resources, a rise in sea levels, damage bio-diversity and spread diseases throughout the region.

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Finally, Mug Available. Shirts, Too

zubayr tee shirt black

UPDATE: if you saw this before about noon on Monday, you saw a version that had a typo in the Arabic. It is fixed now and the faulty products have been removed and good ones are there in their place. The picture below shows the real picture.

Buy the shirt and other stuff HERE at my Zazzle store.

A good friend of mine nudged me to get off my lazy butt (figuratively, ’cause I was on my butt the whole time) and create another product for my Zazzle store.
Here it is, my Sheikh Zubayr coffee mug. Click on the link to go to my store.

Soon I hope to have a photo of a lovely model using one for his morning coffee with rice milk.

This is the image that appears on the mug. I expect to have a bigger version for use on a fabulous tee shirt later this week.

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The mug also says “Sheikh Zubayr” in English so your friends will get the joke.
Or visit my store on the tab that says “Stuff to Buy.” No pressure.

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Meet country-western singer Kareem Salama (here’s his web site).

He’s from Ponca City, Oklahoma and his parents are from Egypt. He has a degree in Chemical Engineering and is a Muslim. He was an amateur boxer and painter. And now he’s in law school.

I don’t love country music, but I love this guy’s voice. And his eyes are blacker than black.

In this interview on Fox News you can hear his Oklahoma drawl.

The Fox News talking head is amazed that a Muslim can be a country singer.

Here’s a Christian Science Monitor article about him from early last year.

Salama’s attempt to break into country music may seem bizarre to many outsiders. Even his guitarist/producer Aristotle Mihalopoulos – himself the son of Greek immigrants – admits it’s a little odd: “He’s doing country influenced music as a Muslim and has one of the thickest Southern accents I’ve ever heard.”

“It doesn’t feel strange to me,” says Salama. “But it certainly is a novelty for other people to see someone who’s Muslim and whose family didn’t grow up here getting into something like this.”

It’s also fairly normal from his family’s perspective, he says. Though his parents grew up in Egypt, they spent most of their adult lives in the US and raised Kareem and his two brothers and a sister in Oklahoma and Texas. Most of them enjoy country music. But, he adds, “that I’m choosing to put together a CD and go around performing the music … might be a step outside the norm.”

Though most country music fans would tell you nothing is more American, the genre has a reputation for being ultra patriotic, often to the point of bigotry.

In a song about the virtues of tolerance, for example, Salama quotes the noted Islamic scholar and poet Imam Shafi’ee’s version of the turn-the-other-check proverb: “I am like incense; the more you burn me the more I’m fragrant.” Like most of Salama’s music, the song emphasizes dealing peacefully with people in an evenhanded manner.

“I don’t like to be preachy,” he says. “My ideas and thoughts change all the time. So for me to preach something very adamantly and try to force a view down someone’s throat implies that I’m very confident. I change my views all the time, especially being a young man.”

And here’s a really neat video to one of his songs:

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Islamophobes Secretly Desire Veiled Women

Here’s a link to a most excellent blog post about the phenomenon.

The blog is called Muslimah Media Watch.

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Contemporary Arab Art

Fann 3arabi - Arabic Art

So many months of searching, and I’ve finally found a site about contemporary Arab art. I hope I can find more like this.
I’m adding this link to my blogroll. Enjoy.


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