Holocaust, Atheism and Islam

To keep a friend company I used to sit and read with him. We didn’t read a normal book, we read the Koran. I was young and still remembered most of my Arabic. And so we recited it. I didn’t understand the importance.

I used to be Hafiz. A Living Koran, I could recite it at whim when I was younger and I still can identify quotes. I even demonstrated that fact quite proudly to Muslims who were amused by it. I suppose I moved in more liberal circles as a kid but I do remember that the rise of Wahabbism wasn’t yet complete and so many Muslims were more “chilled” when I was younger.

So to hear the amount of Holocaust denial in Islam pains me. It is no secret that I am a big fan of classical Islamic culture. Many readers are aware of my knowledge of erotic Islamic poetry (Oh yes it’s a thing) from the Lucknavi dynasties. Or my knowledge that Illustrated Korans exist. Or my love of classical science. I still own a hand drawn copy of the book of Alf laylah wa-laylah (1001 Nights). [Read more…]

Frankly Speaking About Anne Frank

America occupies a strange little world of its own. To the outsider it’s a land that’s filled with amazing things but whose inhabitants take it for granted.

It’s a strange culture too.

People often say “Avi! How can you comment on American culture when you aren’t even from there?” to which I respond with “I grew up knowing that “Cheerleader Girlfriends are Desirable”. American culture is less alien to me than mine is to the average American. Our airwaves, books and TV is innundated with it. I also have visited the USA on more than one occasion. I may not be perfectly in tune with it but I can tell when something’s up. [Read more…]