AndFarAway

A Blog from Amman, Jordan, Online Since 2004.

Month: January 2006 (Page 1 of 3)

Cause you know

I don’t know why the internet is so depressing these days. I won’t link to the author of the quote below to avoid problems, but it’s about women watching international soccer matches in Saudi Arabia.

استبشر بعض الاعلاميين بقرب السماح للنساء بحضور مباريات الدوري .. الذي دعاني الى كتابة هذا المقال كان قد عرضت حلقة على القناة الرياضية تؤيد هذا التوجه .. حيث قال المعلق “ابراهيم الجابر” أنه يتمنى أن يحضر المباريات مع إحدى نسائه
أوصلنا الى مرحلة من عدم الغيره على محارمنا أن تقول هذا الكلام وأمام الجميع ؟

Ah.
Objects? Objects? Objects?

One more thing

I was reading around the international blogosphere for reactions on the Denmark cartoon incident and I came upon something that I found insightful*;

Funny that the group supporting boycotting Danish products and those who think it is ridiculous both claim they are losing faith in this world, each group for its own reasons.
Maybe if we all lose “faith” we’ll start to think a bit more rationally.

Hmmm….

*just because I find it insightful doesn’t neccessarily mean I agree, ok?

الدنيا لسا بخير

While trying to not get too angry over the huge fuss that will probably make the poor Lurpak cow a little slimmer, Jameed shared a headline that made me take a deep breath and smile;

عجوز أردنية تطلب الطلاق حتى لا تلتقي بزوجها في الآخرة

Ahhh, like I said, life is swell baby.
Allah ykhaleelna 3a2latna.

Superman, save me! Save me!

Wisdom of the day courtsey of dearest Jameed, “Screw the readers, post whatever will make you feel better. You can also unleash your fury on me. Ana mish fahem leish m3assbeh la hal darajeh, let alone why you think i am very quotable tonight. Gee… “

Ahuh

Did I recently mention that I love the logical?
No, seriously. Crushes, anyone?

More help

PLEASE VISIT JORDAN PLANET FORUM TO DISCUSS THIS

The next Jordanian blogger meet-up will be held on Saturday the 11th of February, but we’re anticipating a very high level of attendance, and we need a really spacious place. I would absolutely love it if anyone could suggest somewhere that would comfortably seat around 30 people. Much thanks!

Anything else…?

Because Amino asked me to…

Five Facts about me
1. I’ve recently developed a rather corny affection towards Superman.
2. I think superhero’s are shibby ;) even if they are obsessed with their charming looks and sleek cars.
4. I’m scared of beards and scarves.
3. I believe the world would be better off secularized. (on a side note, the IAF unfortunately chose one of the most beautiful spots in Amman to place their quarters on)
5. I ‘m attracted to geeks.

Three things I like about others
1. A certain weirdness.
2. An ability to be able to teach me something new every day.
3. A whole ton of intellect.

Three things I hate about others
1. Intolerance and lack of logic.
2. Em… people who can’t spell and get too enthusiastic about exclamation marks and smilies and stuff…
3. Lack of passion.

Tagging
1. Fadi Haddad
2. Gaya
3. Super Devoika
4. Abed Miqdadi

The Face of Mohammad

When Natasha told me about the Jordanian parliament’s call for the punishment of the Danish cartoonist that drew 12 caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad I got quite upset. I’m still upset, and although I can’t even begin to understand why they(ex. the Jordanian parliament) would do such a thing, I will redirect you to what Naseem Tarawneh wrote on the subject, for he, admittedly, is a lot less hot-headed. For one reason or another, I find it impossible to look at such situations without thinking more along the lines of this

Anyhow, what I will actually write about is one of my favorite issues- figurative illustration of human form in Islamic art throughout the centuries. The early Bedouin artists of Islam also disliked depicting the Prophet because to Muslim’s, he is the embodiment of the “ideal man”- an ideology that can’t be represented through physical properties. However, as Islam spread, the Bedouins of the Arabian Peninsula came in contact with many civilizations and cultures, including Greco-Roman, Byzantine, Coptic, Sassanian, Buddhist, Chinese, Berber, Turcik, Gothic and various others cultures, each of which had its own system of beliefs as well as its own artistic traditions.

It is only natural that illustrated stories of the time of the Prophet would find their way into books, especially as most of the cultures that the Muslims strove to convert to Islam didn’t speak Arabic, making illustration a necessary tool for communication.

The first time I saw these illustrations I was enthralled by the attention to detail, the rich use of color, and the heavy Eastern influence. These particular paintings are mostly from Turkey, Persia, and India, and so you will notice the Eastern style in drawing. Most of these paintings cover the Prophet’s face with a sheath of white, but a lot in Islamic history don’t.


Prophet Muhammad ascending on the Burak into the Heavens, Persia (1550 CE), painted by Sultan Muhammad. Notice chinese clouds, Chinese features, as well as the halo of fire which is very similar to Eastern religious art.


Mohammad’s trip, guided by Gabriel on the Buraq, in which he is shown sinners suffering in hell.

The collection below is one of my favorites, and it’s from a book called “Al-Seera Al-Nabaweyeh” done around the end of the 14th century, as ordered by a Mamluk Sultan in Cairo(check out whole collection here).

Nice, right? I love the usage of color.

Eastern influence isn’t the only influence on portrays of the Prophet though, there also have been some examples heavily influenced by Christian theology, such as the illustrations in the famous “Jame3 Il Tawareekh” of the Prophet’s birth, painted in the 13th century. The scene below is practically borrowed from Christian artistic tradition.

The Birth of the Prophet Muhammad

Fascinating isn’t it? Both Jesus and Mohammad are semites, and yet Jesus is portayed as a blue-eyed arian angel and Mohammad is portayed as a Chinese or Sassanian figure.

Live from the Anti-Jihady Club…

And here is Roba shamelessly ripping off a post word for word. I can’t help it. It’s so funny- I’m still cracking up.
Three cheers to the Egyptian Sandmonkey, the “extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled” person who has been providing me with plenty of laughs recently.

Newton law still stands

For every action…..

Koranninja

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MB female supporters.

There is an equal and opposite reaction…..

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Egyptian actress Nahla Salamah in the Cairo film festival

Battle of the Brands

Apple. Google. Google. Apple. Google.

That’s how the list of leading brands for the past 5 years looks like, with Google wearing the golden crown for 2005, and Apple serving as 1st runner up.

The 8 other shiners on the top 10 list are Skype, Starbucks, Ikea, Nokia, Yahoo!, Firefox, eBay, and Sony. Other brands include Zara, Amazon, Nike, adidas, and Puma.

Both Skype and Firefox are first-timers into the list at all(and people doubt the presence of Web 2.0), and the list is noticably becoming more technological with the years(me loves technology). Al-Jazeera lost it’s top-10 slot to become number 35(Ahmad Humeid’s post on Al-Jazeera), as did Coca-Cola for the first time in 3 years(interesting to note that in 2005, Pepsi overtook Coca-Cola in market capitalisation for the first time in 112 years of fierce competition). Meanwhile, Ikea, Nokia, and Starbucks have maintained a strong foothold.

Nokia is number one brand Europe and Africa, followed by Ikea, Skype, Zara, BMW, BBC, adidas, Al-Jazeera, H&M, and Jordanian company Aramex (which made me smile).

Check out the whole report here.

Related(or maybe not so related but something I can’t help but share): Microsoft cares.

Bite a Dentist Day

Yeah, ok, I wish.
But anyway, here’s some branding that made me smile. I love it. It is so simple yet so unique, and quite gutsy too.
Now here’s a dentist that I wouldn’t mind visiting. Not to bite. Just to, you know, look. Or something.
Wow. So much for eloquence.




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