Saturday, March 11, 2006

An Arab heroine!

When things get too dark that you lose the tiny bit of hope that you harbor about Arab society, voice of reason and modernity come out, defying the fear barrier, declaring to all, that being Arab and Muslim is not interchangeable and that the image of monolithic society is a mirage, and that there are many secular Arabs who refuse to be hushed by the oppressive force of the organized (and televised) religion and conformist pressure..

Dr. Wafa Sultan is a heroine of mine, I just wish that there are many Wafa Sultans in the Arab World, enough to remove the veil of ignorance.

This is a link to her profile by the New York Times.


At 10:07 AM, Blogger Kickers said...

She's an ex-pat. Annaqed was established by ex-pats.

There's no hope for her voice to come out from within an Arab country.

How are people like her changing realities?

I'm glad she's around, it's comforting. I'm not sure it makes a difference though.

At 11:41 AM, Blogger Desert Pundit said...

I know Kickers, but she is a voice in the wilderness. she desreves to be heard.
Nawal Al-sadawi was in before they drove her away.

The mere fact that she was on AlJazeera challenging the orthodoxy (and kicking ass)on one of the most watched programs. Just offering this view to masses is an agent of change. A small change maybe, but an important one nonetheless.

At 8:35 AM, Blogger Kickers said...

Here's the videoclip. She certainly is brave:

At 1:46 AM, Blogger Kickers said...

It's not that I disagree with what she says about Arabs/Muslims. The other half is too simplistic.

That "they" are civilized, they don't blow-up cafes.

They do, but in uniforms.

And she says that the Qura'n created the clash of "us" against "them". And the chosen people aren't "us" against "them" rhetoric?

But now the West loves her. She's invited to Israel. Because she makes them look good.

But they're barbarians all.

At 4:11 AM, Blogger Desert Pundit said...


I agree with you, but lets seperate cause and effect.

The west and Israel loved her after the interview, because they want other "Fuad Ajamis", that does not mean that she is one.

Of course she simplified things, but I think her point that the West have divorced itself from scripture, while the Arab World has not.

Also the MEMRI clip had a lot of creative editing. I saw the whole thing on repeats, and she moderates it a bit.

Barbarians, mmm, I'd like to think that there is clash of two fundemntalisms, Muslim one and an American one. Unfortunately, the history is written by the victor.

My point is, I'd rather live under their "barbaric" rule than Osama's. Even when I know that Jerry Falwell is just as bad. It looks from where you're sitting that you do too.


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