Oh geez, perhaps I did overreact, perhaps I didn’t. Perhaps I should note that due to what has just now been diagnosed as a particularly lovely combination of asthma and bronchitis, I have been hacking my lungs up all week, which tends to make me grumpy, and have now been pumped full of a cocktail of albuterol, antibiotics, and steroids, the last of which is known to have side effects of aggressive behavior.
Anyway, I didn’t ask to be indulged. In fact, I would prefer to be enlightened, but would appreciate if it could be done in a manner which leaves my self-respect intact, **Collounsbury, ** as I seem to recall correcting you on a linguistic matter just a few short days ago. Neither I, nor anyone else on this board, can know everything about everything; we all have our areas of expertise and lack thereof. I am also aware that these issues are extremely important at present, both in some specific geographic areas of interest of mine, as well as other areas of more general interest among Americans and the world at large.
And as it seems I will now have to spend some time recouping in a rather sedentary way, any suggestions for the beginnings of a reading list for the generally politically/culturally aware, but Islamically clueless?
P.S. I think your avergae Reform Jewish rabbi, say, would take issue with the use of “reform” and “nonobservant” as synonyms. Religious observance is a continuum; I’m sure we can come up with some more precise terminology. Although if you want to explain how “reform” and “nonobservant” are valid synonyms in the Islamic context, if not the Jewish one, or in the religious sphere more generally, I’m all ears. Please provide some background info in this case, however.
Geez, quite a hijack, huh? I’m beginning to think a nice bottle of arak would be rather helpful for this discussion (although I’d prefer a nice Dagestani cognac).