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Why night is dark? 2

When I make an exhibition plan of the Jordan National Museum or talk with various Jordanians in a more relaxed mood, I have been embarrassed at often given 'Insha Allah (pronounced as Insha 'llah) even though I have been in the Arab world long time (more than 6 years in total).

'Insha' is 'along will', 'Allah' is 'God', summarizing it means 'along God's will', this is a phrase that they not so exaggeratedly but very usually say in the feeling 'well' or 'let me see' when they meet something or questions a little bit ununderstandable.

It is comfortable to speak or hear this phrase in the daily conversation which produces an Arabic atmosphere, however I am not a little bit embarrassed if this phrase is pronounced when we are talking of a museum or science.

As I touched on the previous blog, for example, against such a captivating question as 'how a tree one of which branches has broken make a decision to grow a new branch and do it for keeping its total balance?', there should be a variety of arguments such as 'it is because such a decision is already printed in their genes', 'different from an animal a plant can give full play to its brain ability as a whole' or 'you had better read a good book titled "The Secret Life of Plants" first of all'. However before starting such arguments, if it is said 'Insha 'llah = along God's will', I have to give an affirmative nod saying 'Ah, isn't that?' unsatisfactorily.

 


It is well known that the learned society flourished or revitalized by Arab, Abbasids in particular, opened a curtain of the Renaissance which was a herald of modern philosophy, arts and science. It was transferred not so much fortunately as through the Crusaders = the Frankish Invasion, however having had a unified language, Arabic, from Cordova to Baghdad vividly shows power of the ubiquitous information network 'Qur'an' established by Islamic empires against the civil infrastructure 'Kings Highway' built by emperors of all ages and countries.

Just as if a second runner who finished its role after having passed the button to the Renaissance, it seems that since the time the Arabic learned society has been looking at running of the third runner or continuously appearing Westerner anchors, sometimes casting a side glance at it, sometimes looking down on it, why not keeping an envious look to itself somewhere. Syrian allergy immunologist Mr. Wasim Maziak comes up with the similar question which seems even reckless considering his political and religious position.
(http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/308/5727/1416)


We had better straightly be surprised at such a leaping power of idea as to try to ask 'why night is dark?' It has been the world history to repeat pressing such leaping power of idea down, witch-hunting might be one of the examples.


(27/8/2005)
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