stormsewer: (rocks)
So, I went to last year's WorldCon in San Antonio. One of the more interesting people I encountered (first on a panel and then by hounding him longer than was probably polite) was Yasser Bahjatt, a Saudi who gained a taste for science fiction growing up in Michigan. Upon returning to Saudi Arabia, where he now lives, he noticed that science fiction doesn't really exist in most Muslim countries. He further noticed that the correlation between the amount of science fiction published in a country and the amount of patents filed in that country is pretty good. So he decided to take on the mission of creating an Arabic and, more broadly, Muslim culture of science fiction.Read more... )

on idolatry

Oct. 4th, 2013 01:11 am
stormsewer: (graveyard tree)
So, I was thinking about idolatry. It's one of the Ten Commandments, and Muslims take it so seriously that some fly into a murderous rage if people depict God or Mohammed at all.

Why? )

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