March 16, 2010
Guy Fakes Salafism in Yemen & Spills the Hummus on the Goings-On (Real and Imputed)
Not exactly a Black Like Me story, but an American a-religious white guy writer sham-converts (or reverts, if one can do that shamically) to a salafi Islam in Yemen to study the natives and non-natives there, including Americans who go over there for Islamic or Arabic education. One was the guy who shot up the Arkansas military base. Aqoulite Shaheen takes down some of the odder generalizations and assumptions of the sham-converter down below in the comments. (A modern tip of the whig to commenter Antiquated Tory for the link at Global Post.)
The experience exposed him intensively to the wandering idealists drawn by the jihadist movement. Some were Americans. Many were third-generation Arab immigrants to France, Germany or Belgium. . . .He found these young men to be “sweet and lost and disoriented” — vulnerable to persuasion, stuck between cultures, and ill at ease with the languages of their parents and home countries.
Posted by Matthew Hogan at March 16, 2010 09:12 PM
Filed Under: Foreign Policy & MENA , Gulf , Islam & Politics , Islam General , Islamism , MENA Region General , Political Development , Society & Culture , Terrorism , US Foreign Policy
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“I wanted to know about the Quran,” Padnos says. “I wanted to know about spiritual experience in Islam”
How about sham-converting to Islam to learn about it in the clubs of Beirut, Dubai or Tunis?
What makes his choice of Islam more accurate, except that it fits his preconceived definition of it?
“When Muslims get angry it’s damn hard to predict what they’re going to do next.”
In general? Some whine. Others shout. Some smoke a cigarette. Some will punch you in the face. Some will get drunk. A few psychos will blow themselves, the exotic version of going to a mall or a school and shooting random folks.
Yeah, they're hard to predict when they get angry. That's because there's a fucking billion and half of them.
Muslims, he explains, are obligated to share what they’ve learned from the Quran with other people
Ah, I'll die a less ignorant Muslim. I'll spend my time sharing what I learn from the Quran when I discover something new. See, I don't have more important stuff to do.
Padnos also traveled to the countryside, where the Islam is even more extreme and consuming.
I expected the countryside of a $300 revenue per capita state to be sophisticated and go to Broadway musicals. But hey, whay do I know, that's the Islam.
They become very good Muslims, which is an effacement of the self.
A few verses would tell you the opposite, but this idiot seems to have it figured out.
In Islam, you merge your body, your thoughts and your gestures with the body, thoughts and gestures of Muslims everywhere.
Invasion of the body snatchers.
You’re supposed to submit — that’s the meaning of the word ‘Islam’ in Arabic: submission.”
For fairness sake, this moron is just repeating the idiocy that too many braindead Muslims would say on this one. Technically it's wrong (submission is khudoo', though other translations may do - but not Islam, that's just the name of the religion which has the peace root in it, however one choses to interpret that).
Actually, had Moveable Type not eaten my original more skeptical post, and redid this quickie, I might have liked to note some of the above. The we don't know "what happens when Muslims get angry" was a supreme doofus comment by him among several, and other odd generalizations from a marginalized set of wanderers and persons in a far underdeveloped locale.
His description of obligated to share what they know is odd, though it sounds no different from a standard Christian bible study habit.
It has some interesting raw data though in the who what where sense.
Sad though that this is the best a person can do after (allegedly) years of contact.
Posted by: matthew hogan at March 17, 2010 08:18 AM
Hmm, well literature student. Typical mush for brains analysis.
Posted by: Lounsbury at March 19, 2010 03:07 PM