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Notes and tidbits posted on FB and Twitter. Part 143

Note: I take notes of books I read and comment on events and edit sentences that fit my style. I pay attention to researched documentaries and serious links I receive. The page is long and growing like crazy, and the sections I post contains a month-old events that are worth refreshing your memory.

The Aramaic language was the language of the Middle East for over 3,000 years; it was spoken by the people of all Empires in that region from current Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, and the western part of Iran known as Ilam in ancient history or (Arabestan for late Saddam Hussein regime).  Aramaic is the root language of Arabic; the Arab nomads spoke several Arabic dialects but wrote in Aramaic as all the urban centers in the Middle East.

Every period has its main litmus test of patriotism and progressive positions, especially for public figures of intellectuals and politicians.  “What is your stand on the Palestinian cause” was the main litmus test for decades. It has come back after Trump pronouncement on Jerusalem

Genetic predisposition, upbringing, education, levels of hormones, brain structure, attractive features, stature, social status… all contributed to what you are and were capable of achieving.

Sure, most Lebanese families ruin themselves to have their children graduate. From my experience, at best 3% of the students are serious and dedicated to learning at universities. Most probably, they never witnessed any one of their parents read or write at home or show much of intellectual activities and engagement to study seriously.

The third level in considering “performance” should answer: “How these various performances criteria correlate?  Can we sort them out between basic performances and redundant performance criteria?”.

The Omayyad dynasty, founded by Mu3awiya, selected Damascus for the Capital of the Arab Empire and the people in the Near East spoke Aramaic as well as most of the “Arabic” tribes that settled in and around the urban centers of Syria, Jordan, Palestine, and Lebanon.

If there is an Arab civilization then it was created during the Omayyad period since the people in that part of the Near East could comprehend and write Aramaic.  The classical Arabic language was established and spread during the Omayyad dynasty. After this period, we can call it Islamic civilization

For the Arab Nations (about 22 States) to exist in the future they have to mind their classical language and enrich it with various modern “Arabic” slang words and expressions to be viable among the Arab people.

Al sokhra bte7lo2 7elakat. Al 7ejjat: 3am netmarran lal competition in 2 weeks, bayn ba3dna. Whatever that means: khod forssat

Ma badkon tabko qawaneen al club? Bass waa7ed yeste7eh wa yekoun 3endo laba2at ye3zom elleh ba3d ma le3eb. wa bikoulo bmashkelha

Maskharat al masakher: mo3zamhom yastakbiroun ennahom al afdal, bidoun jadarat ma7ssoussat

Kenna 12-1. The game finishes at 13 points. wa7ed min farikeh 7ered wa karrar yekhssar. le72o al tani. Team 3edo some potential tan7ar baddo yekhssar.

In Context. “Arab” civilization? or Islamic civilizations, or Ottoman civilization…?

Many articles are written and will be published trying to explain and clarify “What is Arab civilization” in order to comprehend the Al Qaeda and ISIS Daesh phenomena and all these Islamic extremist factions all over the Islamic world.

As if there is a unique Arab civilization, an empire that ruled the world for 6 centuries and many other Islamic kingdoms replaced this empire around the world.

In context is an attempt to clarify many myths and generalizations about Islamic and Arab cultures and civilizations.

The Islamic Arabic army that came from the Arabic Peninsula to fight the Byzantium Empire and later the Persian Empire barely numbered 7,000 men of war.

The other three-forth of the army that backed and supplemented the “Arabic army” was constituted from people and tribes living in Syria, Iraq, and Jordan wanting to defeat the Byzantium unforgiving Orthodox Church and domination.

How can we be descendant of the sparsely populated Arabic Peninsula? Not possible.

The “Arabic identity” group would claim that our culture and civilization is Islamic Arabic. How that?

The cultural development during the Arabic Empire was shouldered by the scholars in Syria, Iraq, and Iran and they were mostly Christians. They used Arabic for scientifi and philosophical books.

The “Arabic identity” group would like to rely on the Arabic language as basis for our identity.  Excellent idea.

Let us prove that the Arabic language is a viable foundation; let us infuse a new spirit in that dying language.

Let us translate the worthy manuscripts; let us invent new terms that have no religious connotation and spread the Arabic language as a universal language, valid to sustaining modern civilization with fresh brains and advanced sciences and technologies.

I will be for it and will support it vehemently.

There are other factions wanting to claim that we are Moslems.  How about the dozen minority religious sects?  Are we to agree on a theocratic identity?

Turkish Ataturk cancelled the caliphate in 1925 and there is no caliphate anymore, anywhere.  Tiny Lebanon has 19 recognized self-autonomous religious communities running our civil life.  Let us get real.

A theocratic State will never pass and will never find unity for identity.

Should we hide behind a reality of disparate communities to establish the concept of plurality community government?  Should 19 wrong identities constitute a valid identity?

What we need is to be unified under the banners of civil rights, human rights, sustainable environment, equitable and fair election laws and regulations, civil marriage, linked to fast communication technologies, access to social platforms, freedom of expression, laws not discriminating among genders, versatile opportunities to jobs and expertise, affordable education system, national health system…

What we need is to unify against any State invading our borders, bombing our infrastructure, humiliating us, destabilizing our society and economy.  

What we need is to unify against any political current that has proven to work against democratic representations, racial demagoguery, sectarian political ideology.


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