Oddly enough, after a few months of very frequent posting, I don’t feel like writing a whole lot. Maybe the long winter has finally frozen my brain. Who’s to know?
So, it’s good to have a post in mind that requires very little writing, for words pretty well fail me on this topic.
In this article from The Telegraph (British newspaper), it is reported that many potentially interesting archaeological sites have been identified in Saudi Arabia. However, clerics favour leaving them unexplored at best or ruining them at worst.
“In October last year, a Saudi clerical body was reported to have renewed long-standing calls for the demolition of several historic Islamic sites – including the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad and the grave of his mother.”
Huh? Splain that please, Lucy.
For one thing: “The Kingdom’s ultraconservative clerics believe that the veneration of ancient sites associated with the Prophet Mohammad and his family is heretical, and want potential shrines obliterated.”
The other reason is totally opposite from the first. “Fears that archaeology could cast light on Saudi Arabia’s pre-Islamic past also led them to campaign against excavations.”
If those two reasons are polar opposites and beyond normal reason … well …
To reiterate: this topic suits me and my non-writing mood well because it leaves me speechless. I mean, what can you possibly say about such thinking?