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Is It My Imagination…

…or isn’t this woman a dead ringer for Emilio Estevez?

wanted to put an Emilio Estevez quote here, but couldn't find any

Emily Ruete (1844-1924) was born in Zanzibar as Sayyida Salme, Princess of Zanzibar and Oman.

Almost. Sayyida is not her name, it’s an indication that she’s supposedly a descendant of the prophet Muhammad, and I don’t know that “princess” is the most appropriate designation, but she wrote her own history for a western, Christian audience, so “princess” is what they would have understood.

Wikipedia has more.

But seriously, she looks like Emilio Estevez, right?


Filed under arab, arabian, arabist, names, pedantry

Arabian Leopards

I didn’t even realize there were leopards in Arabia, but there are. Not very many are left though. The Arabian Leopard is critically endangered.

Here’s 21 seconds of an Arabian Leopard in the wild in Oman:

Arabian leopards are much smaller than African leopards and have little gold or yellow in their coats. They’re mostly grey-white other than their black rosettes.


I wonder if they also come in an all-black version.



Filed under animals, arabian