June 13, 2006
Summer Reruns: Nomad Fatwas Blog Carnival
Some of you may have noted a distinct lack of activity on 'Aqoul corresponding mysteriously with the World Cup. Since all of our lazy authors are watching football, feeling sick or feigning sickness to watch football, I'm going to showcase Nomad Fatwas, a blogging alliance set up by Ali Eteraz.
First, a brief note on this little cabal:
Part carnival, and part cartel, the object of Nomad Fatwas is for all of these blogs to share the best of their older posts on a twice-a-month basis on one given theme, a list of which will then be posted on all eleven blogs in the alliance simultaneously. This way all of the readers, new and old, will be exposed to eleven creative opinions on the same subject. The hope is to create fluidity between the blogs in the alliance, and then use our collective resource to encourage more free-thinking on the internet...
The name “Nomad Fatwas” carries a double entendre; namely, “no mad fatwas” and the spiritual freedom of intellectual nomadism. It was also the name of a short story collection Ali Eteraz wrote two years ago which was courteously rejected by some of the world’s greatest publishing houses (mind you: handwritten notes often served the rejection). Now, rather than stories, Eteraz has replaced “Nomad Fatwas” with real life men and women, who, he promises, will tell far better stories largely because each one of them are epics unto themselves.
For this first edition, Eteraz chose "Life" - a broad theme that has resulted in a highly diverse group of submissions:City of Brass - September 2004
A short meditation on how to achieve human excellence. Avari - February 2006
Reflections on religion and death. Chapati Mystery - June 2005
Being canal side in Lahore. Life affirmance in muddy water! Feministe - June 2006
Feminism, misogyny and love. Ambivablog - March 2005
Whether those moments are signs or mere coincidences. 'Aqoul - January 2006
Our Meph muses on Saudi women, personal development and naughty paintings. Pickled Politics - April 2006
What to do with the aged immigrants? Digitally Arranged - May 2006
The inter-relationship between suffering and religiosity. Sig Carl Alfred - June 2006
How aimlessness impacts the choices we make in our politics. Towards God Is Our Journey - June 2006
An analysis of the so called “Party of Freedom” seeking the Islamic Caliphate. Eteraz - April 2006
Learning about Islam & Muhammad from a pointy eared elf.
There, that should keep you wankers occupied during halftime.
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"Since all of our lazy authors are watching football. . . ."
I think you mean soccer.
Posted by: matthew hogan at June 13, 2006 03:12 PM
Matthew is watching soccer.
International audience, I'm screwed either way.
Posted by: eerie at June 13, 2006 04:07 PM
Eva is...ummm, not watching soccer, though she is very sad that she can't play it anymore. Playing is much more fun than watching.
On second thought....mmmmm, soccer players...or futbolistas, your choice.
Posted by: Eva Luna at June 13, 2006 04:58 PM
"The name “Nomad Fatwas” carries a double entendre"
I don't think this is a double entendre. It is probably a pun. For clarification ask M Hogan.
Posted by: Ali K at June 13, 2006 05:41 PM
Is a clarified pun sort of like clarified butter?
Posted by: Tom Scudder at June 13, 2006 07:04 PM
Posted by: Ali K at June 13, 2006 07:52 PM
. . . and clearer
Posted by: matthew hogan at June 13, 2006 10:53 PM