Sunday, January 30, 2011

Half A Catastrophe

I hate the hijab.

To me, it represents Takhalof Hadari, Arabic for Cultural Regression.

I was raised in a Levantine setting in the days where respectable and chaste women, both Muslim and Christian worked alongside men without the need to cover up their heads.

We had once freed ourselves from this detestable rag, why do we need to bring it back?

Nevertheless, the first video below, where the Tunisian Ataturk, Habib Bourguiba goes around uncovering the head of a woman and patting her on the cheek does make me uncomfortable. It's invasive, and the woman seems to be acquiescing out of awe rather than conviction.

But Bourguiba did so much to modernize Tunisia and so he and his actions are still a Nuss-Musseebeh, Arabic for half-a-catastrophe, when compared to the alternative in the second video, where Tunisians are screaming Allahu Akbar and "We are all for the Hijab and the Niqab".

In my heart, I firmly believe that political voids in the Arab world will only bring in the Islamic Brotherhood and their ilk.

And that's a full Musseebeh.



10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nizo...

Yesterday I was at the coolest little winery in the Sierra Foothills...It is a long story...but ended up bringing the lady zatar. She looks at it and matter-of-factly says..."oh..that's zatar"... now this is a little town in the middle of NOWHERE...that has caught on to the wine rage.

Well...long story short...she is French and left Algeria in 1962 after the revolution ultimately ended up in the USA...COOL person. Great stories...amazing wines...

But the reason I write is we got talking about the uproar in N. Africa and, probably gonna be the much of the Arab world...

She said that during the beginning of the revolt...the women told the men "look asswipes...we will help you with this thing, but don't be sticking your women control, Islamic shit on us"...She claims these are high educated women that won't put up with ninja suits...if the wave hits Algeria...

Me...I think of Iran...where a LOT of folk were very sophisticated, educated etc...yeah...I know about the lies and betrayals etc. but I have my doubts about Egypt and the rest demanding freedom of expression for ALL and sticking with it, once the beards get a foot in the door...and you know they will...

I predict disaster and I hope I am wrong.

Your thoughts? Thoughts of others?

I predict...the repressed will once again become the oppressors...and worse than what was before them and the idealists...prison and death.

Howie

Nizo said...

"once the beards get a foot in the door...and you know they will..."

You hit the nail on the head.

On another note, I highly embarrassed myself today by bringing a weak-as-water Beaujolais to a lunch with friends, while they brought a delectable bottle of Ménage à trois

http://menageatroiswines.com/

Anonymous said...

Nizo...

If you ever come to California...I can direct you to THE coolest little place...nestled in Sierra Foothills appellation. Absolutely serene...especially once the ski season ends in a couple of months.

If you love wine and interesting people...an old kid of hillbilly town that nearly went under with the bad economy and no real anything to see anybody...then the wine craze hit...

On one street there are about 15-18 wine tasting rooms...each trying to "out unique" the other...some are still free...though that is quickly ending...but five bucks is the going price for a nice line up of tastes and they have great breads in the area and most places give you cheeses and stuff...

I also suspect that behind all the trucker hats, gun racks, cowboy boots and and big long facial hair...all men there are gay...I am pretty darn sure

Nizo said...

"I also suspect that behind all the trucker hats, gun racks, cowboy boots and and big long facial hair.."

You got me so excited I just spat in my hand..

As for the Sierra Foothills appelation, I'm keeping your comment on file for when I do come and visit..

On a related note, do you want to hear the ultimate in irony??

One my father's childhood friends moved to the heart of the Nappa valley... he's Muslim and he doesn't drink..

aaaaaagh

Anonymous said...

"One my father's childhood friends moved to the heart of the Nappa valley... he's Muslim and he doesn't drink.. "

California has more Arabs and other assorted Muslims than Mecca during the grand pilgrimages...

It is as bad a a faggot choreographer working a Las Vegas chorus line...what a freaking waste.

But Napa is so...so...tris son ti...de reguer (I can't fucking spell that stupid language)...this place...this place is "avante garde"...Really worth the 2 hour drive from the heart of the Napa area....spring Nizo...we had a lot of rain...come May...this place is going to light up with as much color as a fag Halloween party in West Hollywood.

Anonymous said...

So weird to read Howie's comments after I just saw the (mediocre) movie "Bottle Shock". Before that, I wasn't even really aware of any of these things.

Karen said...

I agree with you Nizo. I have a very bad, sinking feeling that Egypt will only be replacing one dictator with another. And the Muslim brotherhood will be worse, not better.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous...

Yeah...I heard the Bottle Shock story some years back...

Wine now is like yoga...been around for thousands of years but has come back into fashion in a HUGE way...

I am doing both and always thought I was far to elevated for fades (hah...used to dress like John Travolta Saturday Night Fever I did)...

But...I have to admit...I have come to appreciate wine...at the ripe age of 59 and though I was doing yoga back in the 1970's... it has become quite refined and has become a real blessing for my rapidly deteriorating body...

So...never get to old to learn and try new things...why...I am even planning to try gay...on my 93rd birthday...So Nizo...for the sake of improving Israeli/Palestinian "beace"...I am saving myself for you...

See you in 2034 big boy.

Anonymous said...

Nizo...

It has already begun eh?

"While analysts ask who or what is behind the sustained protests in Egypt, one group is now seeking political legitimacy.

Technically banned under Egypt's constitution that forbids religious based parties, the Muslim Brotherhood is now throwing its support behind Mohammed el Baradei as an opposition leader.

But many fear that if Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak goes, the real replacement will be either the Muslim Brotherhood itself, or an Islamic fundamentalist group. El Baradei insisted on Sunday talk shows that the fear was unwarranted.

“This is total bogus that the Muslim Brotherhood are religiously conservative,” El Baradei told ABC’s “This Week.” “They are no way extremists. They are no way using violence.”

Just a bunch of fun loving democrats I guess.

Tamar Orvell said...

Eager for your post(s) on the waves of populist protests sweeping north Africa and the middle east. Still hoping to share a meal with you as my guest at, say, Hazaken v'hadag, in beautiful Yafo. XO