Signing off from Doha

Last post for a couple of months.  I’ll be back again this summer, maybe with JM again.  I’ll close with some final thoughts, with no common connection among them.

  1. I like all fruits in Indonesia except for durian and papaya.  Many people like papaya, but many people do not.  It’s too cloying.  I think it tastes like dirty rotten trash.
  2. Qatar Airways has great on-demand music.   I mentioned this previously, but I did some more exploring and it’s much better than I thought.  In addition to the previous ones I mentioned, I found Pet Sounds, Who’s Next, loads of Beatles/Stones/Zeppelin, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Parklife, Different Class, Joy Division (the second one), Massive Attack (the first one), Doolittle, Odelay, the “big three” of 90s grunge (Nevermind, Ten, Badmotorfinger), and tons more that escape me now.  If the list of albums that Qatar Airways had was my entire collection of albums for the rest of my life, I wouldn’t be too upset.  I wonder if the Qatari government knows what Lou Reed is actually talking about on Transformer.
  3. It’s raining here.  Didn’t think that happened.
  4. When Soeharto dies, I’ll write an obituary here, even if I’m in the states.
  5. It actually is difficult to tell what parties are Islamic parties, even if you use the simple metric we use (do they say that their basis is Islam?).  Is a party whose basis is officially Pancasila, but which is a political organization based on a moderate Muslim organization of about 30 million people called “The Awakening of the Ulama,” an Islamic party or not?  We’ll let the respondents tell us what they think. This summer, I’ll ask the leaders what they think themselves.

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  1. Muslims Against Sharia January 14, 2008

    Most of the Western Muslim establishment is comprised of Islamist groups claiming to be moderates. True moderate Muslims reject Islamic supremacy and Sharia; embrace religious equality and democracy.
    What is a moderate Muslim? According to a dictionary, a moderate is a person who is opposed to radical or extreme views or measures, especially in politics or religion. Yet, majority of the public seem to be struggling with the definition of a moderate Muslim. Perhaps we can make this task easier by defining a radical Muslim and then defining the moderate as an opposite of the radical.
    Muslims Against Sharia compiled a list of issues that differentiate moderate Muslims from Islamic radicals. Hopefully you can help us grow this list.
    Poll: Who is a moderate Muslim?

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