Click to join in the fun at Bastet’s Pixelventures! This week we’re looking for something you felt inspired about, or felt inspired to create. Because this prompt coincides so perfectly with the second stanza of this poem, for my response to this week’s challenge I’m submitting this next photo in the series.
This photo is my view to the west, looking out my verandah windows. Every time I look out my windows and see I’m here in Egypt, I’m so thankful to my Creator! Words can hardly express my sense of inspiration and gratitude for all the mercy and blessings Allah has given me, alhamdulillah! (“Thank God!”)
What is Egyptian Culture? Where can we learn about it? Not on the Egyptian television. Western culture is admired and imitated in the Egyptian media, but not in the typical Egyptian home. The Egyptian TV sitcoms, serials, and movies are full of very western-styled actors and actresses portraying lives only slightly more conservative than in the West. In the United States, for example, if a foreigner wants to understand American culture, it is reasonable to study American media, because, generally speaking, it portrays American lifestyles accurately. But in Egypt, this strategy will fail completely. Perhaps only 5% of the population actually lives like what is typically portrayed on the TV. It is some kind of enjoyable National Fantasy, but definitely not a reflection of what’s really going on under the typical roof with the satellite dish. I live here! It totally doesn’t look like that! This “cultural spin” is quite shocking, so I have spent some time researching Egyptian culture, as I see it all around me here. This is the first essay in a series on the “nuts” and “bolts” of Egyptian Culture. In this essay, I am dealing primarily with the influence on daily life by Islam in general, and delving into the primary component of this influence, “Sharia Law.” Continue reading →