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Leap of Faith Chapters 17-18 September 15, 2006

Posted by Han in Leap of Faith by Queen Noor.
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We are discussing chapters 17 and 18 here. Leave and check out comments below.

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1. bethany3boys - September 18, 2006

Did you all notice in Chapter 18 when she is nursing her husband back to health that she goes from calling him Hussein to Sidi? Then when he is back in health again she goes back to calling him Hussein.

2. bethany3boys - September 18, 2006

I know she wrote this book after the 9/11 thing but I thought the part about Clinton meeting with the writer of the Satanic Verses…Rushdie was an interesting thing to insert. I remember that happening and I do remember here in the West everyone in a tizzy over the Constitutional aspect of that. I think I even remember thinking who cares…he should be able to write what he wants. I remember the Arab countries being upset but I don’t think I ever realized what an insult they took it as. She points out thinking that Hamas and the extremist would use this meeting to turn other Muslims and Arabs against the West. I guess I was so focused on that Rushdie should be able to write what he wants that I didn’t think about the consequences of our President at the time meeting with him and what that said to those in the Middle East and of Muslim belief. Granted I think in America we should be allowed to meet with whom we want but I do realize in certain positions people are going to read more into these meetings.

The other thing that stood out to me in this chapter was when the Washington Declaration was announced and that Jordan and the Hashimites would continue to have a spiritual role in Arab East Jerusalem it angered Arafat. He wanted control of the holy sites in Jerusalem and was not satisfied with another Arab leader having control over that. Guess it goes back to what we were talking about earlier with the Arabs definitly having alot of conflicts between each other…not just between Israel.

3. Ashleigh - September 19, 2006

Yes, Bethany, I noticed this too — how she started calling him by his first name. Made it seem more personal.

Also, as you noted, it seems like there’s always conflict in the Arab world whether its between Arabs and non-Arabs or between Arabs and Arabs. Interesting how this part of the world is such a hot-spot for conflict. Like you mentioned on a post for other chapters, it all goes back to Isaac and Ishmael.

I also noticed in reading about Muhammed, that in his actions he seemed to endorse conflict between Arabs and Arabs if the ends justified the means. Wonder if the conflict also stems from this?


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