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  • Matriarchal: Pre-Islam Arab cultures?

    In a previous article I stated that:

    First,  Arabic tribes are as ancient as antiquity; it appears that the first time the word “Arab” was discovered in manuscripts was in 853 BC as a coalition of Arab tribes, associated with Syria and a few Israelite tribes in northern Palestine to counter an Assyrian incursion in the Levant (Near East region of current Syria, Lebanon and Palestine).

    Second, many “Arabic” stories and myths were altered and recounted by bordering Empires to fit their environment and culture.

    Third, Arabic tribes extended to the desert region between the Euphrates and Tiger Rivers, to the vast stretch of land bordering the Red Sea, to Southern Palestine and Jordan, to the Sinai Peninsula, and to the lands bordering the Persian Gulf.

    Fourth, the Arabic tribes languages and cultures were influenced by the urban civilization in Yemen, the various Persian Empires and India, and the various Western Empires of Greek, Roman, and Byzantium Empires before the advent of Islam. I am inclined to believe that India civilization was the most influential, particularly in the separation of genders at home and in public, and the “hareem” tradition…

    Fifth, the dominant Empires at every period paid tributes to coalition of Arabic tribes in return of keeping the peace on demarcation borders, facilitating trade caravans, and for gathering intelligence on the enemy as advance signs of changing policies, and for joining in battles.

    In the origin, ancient Arabic tribes had matriarchal social structures.

    A tribe had higher standing compared to others when its matriarch owned more husbands, particularly, captured enemy men.  It was women who took the initiative of selecting their men.  More often than than not, disputation for acquiring men resulted in tribal wars.

    The Command of a tribe was in the hand of the woman who had the most of husbands.

    Thus, it was common for the victor tribe to mutilate the husbands of vanquished tribes. It is no enigma why the three most venerated idols were women warriors such as Manat, Uzzat, and Lat.  It is no enigma why the Prophet Mohammad was ready to strike a compromise with the tribes of Mecca, before being chased out of the city, to considering the three goddesses as valid supporters to the all-encompassing God Allah.

    Fact is, there was an idol called Allah who was considered to be above all idols, but he had no particular talents for business and didn’t generate donations to the clan that owned it.  It is no surprise that most love poems alluded to female camels and horses that had names .

    With time, women realized that it was not a good policy to mutilate “enemy” men, but that sexual attraction skills were more beneficial in wooing husbands.  Thus, the development of garment, aromatic, and jewelry industries.  Textile art witnessed great expansion; mainly in veils to guard against sun rays and desert dust.

    Public duels within a tribe were among women who danced best and seduced most men.

    Belly dancing (raksa) were restricted to women who knew the language of the message to send.  The raksa was based on fast paced rhythm of monochord percussion instruments.  For example, choreographic dances were selected according to the alphabetic string of characters forming a word or a sentence.

    This dance language was known by women.  Men were totally ignorant of what was being said or discussed in the dances.

    Most probably, patriarchal structures supplanted the previous structure due to influences of Jewish tribes and the tribes that settled in Syria and Iraq. Thus, more male idols were imported to strengthen patriarchal societies within Arabic tribes.

    Thus, as you read about pre-Islam cultures of Arabic tribes you should keep in mind thousand of years of traditions and customs.  Pre-Islam Arabic cultures are lumped by the new emerging Islam as “Period of Ignorance (Jahilyya)” meaning ignorance of the One and Unique God Allah.

    Fact is, many Arabic tribes were already Christians or what is labelled “heretic” Christians, because they had dogmas different from the Byzantine Orthodox dogma.  Fact is, many Arabic tribes were Jewish;

    Fact is,  many more believed in Mazda (the dominant religion in Persia.)

    Fact is, most of the idols that Arabic tribes venerated were imported from Syria, Persia, and India.  Islam became the common denominator religion among Arabic tribes during the Prophet Muhammad life.

    I might describe a few of the pre-Islam poets and cultures in a third articles.  What follows are a few pre-Islam saying extracted mostly from “The enigma of Qaf” by Alberto Mussa:

    “When I tell a lie, am I not restoring an ancient truth?”  (The Arabic Scheherazade)

    Two write:  The one with a lousy memory and the other who lacks verbal expression skills”

    “I love women who, when naked, are never totally nude” (Poet Imru2 al Qayss)

    “Honor is but another form of fear” (Poet Shanfara)

    “Is there any greater glory than being ignored by hyenas?” (Poet Amru ben Kulthum)

    Three are stupid:  the one who does not know that he doesn’t; the one who knows that he doesn’t; and the one who doesn’t know that he knows.”  (Poet Labid or Lubad)

    “Having respect for your enemies is celebrating a cult to the dead.” (Poet Antara)

    “O beauty! O Women! O desert!” (Anonymous)

    Three possess faith: The Persian in his horoscope, the Jew in his laws, and the Arab in his camel.”

    Two are innocents:  A beautiful girl and an armed man.”

    “What you don’t own, steal it” (Ali Baba)

    Why ask of God what I can buy on the market?” (Mundhir)

    “The greatest merit of an atheist is that he does not believe in demons.”

    Four are pleasures: laughing, eating, loving, and knowing.”

    I love the concept of woman, and only that concept. This one woman, the other one: Who can tell me the difference?” (Poet Imru el Qayss)

    “True wise men can never be happy.”

    Even talking about a single evident fact requires that you have read a thousand book.” (Malika)

    “Ask the dead if they really want peace!” (Poet Tarafa)

    “Realising your desires is the work of an imbecile.” (Aladin)

    “I have never forgiven: I have not the pretension of possessing a virtue attributed to God.”

    Nothing is that grand to merit being taken seriously.” (Poet Al Aasha the dim sighted)

    “We don’t kill a pork without soiling the knife.”

    “I love the tribe of bats:  Every female is beautiful.”

    “The best in life are those that we have no use of them.” (Poet Zuheir)

    I am immortal: I will never know when I died.” (Harith bi Hilliza)

    “I don’t like everything that I possess, but I possess everything that I love.” (Poet Nabigha al Zubyani)

    “The best of blind people are those who want to see.”

    When “Arabic” tribes are mentioned, people are trained to thinking of the Arabic Peninsula or current Saudi Arabia Wahhabi Kingdom.  That is not correct.  Arabic tribes are as ancient as antiquity; it appears that the first time the word “Arab” was discovered in manuscripts was in 853 BC as Jundub, the leader of a coalition of Arab tribes, associated with Syria and a few Israelite tribes in northern Palestine to counter an Assyrian incursion in the Levant.  Many “Arabic” stories and myths were altered and recounted by bordering Empires to fitting the environment and culture.

    Arabic tribes extended to the desert region between the Euphrates and Tiger Rivers, to the vast stretch of land bordering the Red Sea, to Southern Palestine and Jordan, to the Sinai Peninsula, and to the lands bordering the Persian Gulf.  The Arabic tribes languages and cultures were influenced by the urban civilization in Yemen, the various Persian Empires and India, and the various Western Empires of Greek, Roman, and Byzantium Empires before the advent of Islam.

    The dominant Empires at every period paid tributes to coalition of Arabic tribes in return of keeping the peace on demarcation borders, facilitating trade caravans, and for gathering intelligence on the enemy as advance signs of changing policies, and for joining in battles.

    Thus, we you read about pre-Islam cultures of Arabic tribes you should keep in mind thousand of years of traditions and customs.  Pre-Islam Arabic cultures are lumped by the new emerging Islam as “Period of Ignorance (Jahilyya)” meaning ignorance of the One and Unique God Allah. 

     Fact is, many Arabic tribes were already Christians and many could be labelled by the Orthodox Byzantium Church as “heretic” Christians: they had dogmas different from the Byzantine Orthodox dogma.  For example, the tribes of Salih, Kalb, Udhra, Tannukh, Bahra, Tayy, Ghassan, and Jusham.  The father of the Prophet was a Christian convert and one of his uncles was the Patriarch of the Christian sect in Mecca.  The ease with which Islam settled in Syria and Iraq was because the supporting tribes in Syria and Iraq formed the majority of Islam army that defeated Byzantium and Persia Empires within 15 years of the death of the Prophet.

    Fact is, many Arabic tribes were Jewish, especially in the region of Yathreb or Medina where the Prophet established his first Islamic administration.  The wars between Muhammad and the Jewish tribes were mostly due to sphere of influence because the Jews got worried of Islam domination in the region. 

    Fact is many tribes believed in Mazda (the dominant religion in Persia) and appeased Satan since God was forgiving and compassionate but satan needed plenty of attention and cajoling. 

    Fact is, most of the idols that Arabic tribes venerated were imported from Syria, Persia, and India.  Islam became the common denominator religion among Arabic tribes during the Prophet Muhammad life.

    I might describe a few of the pre-Islam poets and cultures in successive  articles.  What follows are a few pre-Islam saying extracted from “The enigma of Qaf” by Alberto Mussa:

    “When I tell a lie then, am I not restoring an ancient truth?”  (The Arabic Scheherazade)

    “Two write:  The one with daulty memory and the other who cannot clearly express verbally”

    “I love women who, when naked, are never totally nude” (Poet Imru2 al Qayss)

    “Honor is never but another form of fear” (Poet Shanfara)

    “Is there any greater glory than being ignored by hyenas?” (Poet Amru ben Kulthum)

    “Three are stupid:  the one who does not know that he doesn’t; the one who knows that he doesn’t; and the one who doesn’t know that he knows.”  (Poet Labid or Lubad)

    “Having respect for your enemies is celebrating a cult to the dead.” (Poet Antara)

    “O beauty! O Women! O desert!” (Anonymous)

    “Three possess faith: The Persian in his horoscope, the Jew in his laws, and the Arab in his camel.”

    Two are innocents:  A beautiful girl and an armed man.”

    “What you don’t own, steal it” (Ali Baba)

    “Why ask of God what I can buy on the market?” (Mundhir)

    “The greatest merit of an atheist is that he does not believe in demons.”

    “Four are pleasures: laughing, eating, loving, and knowing.”

    “I love the concept of woman, and only that concept. This one woman, the other one: Who can tell me the difference?” (Poet Imru el Qayss)

    “True wise men can never be happy.”

    “Even talking about a single evident fact requires that you have read a thousand book.” (Malika)

    “Ask the dead if they really want peace!” (Poet Tarafa)

    “Realising your desires is the work of an imbecile.” (Aladin)

    “I have never forgiven: I have not the pretension of possessing a virtue attributed to God.”

    “Nothing is that grand to merit being taken seriously.” (Poet Al Aasha the dim sighted)

    “We don’t kill a pork without soiling the knife.”

    “I love the tribe of bats:  Any female is beautiful.”

    “The best in life are those that we have no use of them.” (Poet Zuheir)

    “I am immortal: I will never know when I died.” (Harith bi Hilliza)

    “I don’t like everything that I possess, but I possess everything that I love.” (Poet Nabigha al Zubyani)

    “The best of blind people are those who want to see.”

    Note:  For further details, you may read my post https://adonis49.wordpress.com/2009/09/06/nomads-or-the-transmitters-of-civilizations/

    “Two write: one who has a lousy memory and who cannot verbally express correctly.”  I suffer of both deficiencies, and I write double any author, and more:  I have positions, and my positions keep changing.  Once I realize that an idea, a concept, a social structure is balding then, I shave it and get on to new perspectives and newer horizons.

    Listen, I do write of many topics and fields of knowledge.  I write on a variety of subjects in sciences (natural and mankind), humanities, literature, history, religion… I love to follow-up on the progress of paradigms shifting to new alternatives of viewing nature, the world, and knowledge.  Not that I believe a new perspective will last longer than the previous one, but it is essential that imagination be enriched and reign supreme:  How else people could get together and accept one another?

    Listen, I write about history; not about wars of a monarch supplanting another monarch (who usually was far more benevolent, far-sighted, and more compassionate.)  I write of history in contexts of geography and the prevalent philosophy or custom of thinking.  I seek to understand the interactions among societies, cultures, and traditions; how people communicated ideas, methods, and skills.  What can I do?  I was practically blind for so long, and now I have this urge to know.

    Listen, I write about religions; not to describing dogma, but to correct historical contexts and point out discrepancies in the evolutions of dogmas.  Yes, I hate dogma, and fanaticism, especially dogmatic political lines that are worse than religious structures in many cases.  You may comment on my “religious” topics and I will read them.  Just do not expect me to reply, except for correcting historical misunderstanding and to warn you that “If you are into religion in order to coming closer an inch to a wiser life style then, the odds are that you might retrograde miles into obscurantism; depending on your naive disposition to believing what is written or falling prey to vivid rhetoric pouncing on your fears and endemic ignorance of yourself.”

    Listen, this world is governed by actors, clowns, and illusionist.  You have your own set of lively dramas to untangle; you don’t need considering other people’s dramas that are generally less meaty and less colorful than your own.  Get on with your life and start the process of introspection.  It is never too late to knowing yourself.

    Listen, for every evidence that you feel ready to stating, make sure that you have read a thousand books.  Illusions surround us:  Illusions are fine, but you were given the power for reflection and de-rusting your brain and mind.  What else can you do but be an improved mankind; honest with your driving passions?

    Listen, you are not continuing anything; you are not the extension of anything.  You have this life to live; live it as vigorously and as intensively as your energy level permit to the very end.  You are immortal, simply because you will never know when you died.


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