arabic way

ARAB LGBTQIA+ POSITIVITY

TO EVERY GAY, BISEXUAL, PANSEXUAL, ASEXUAL, AND/OR TRANS ARAB, OR ANYTHING ELSE,
YOU ARE VALID.
YOU AREN’T FAKING IT TO GO AGAINST STEREOTYPES OR REBEL.
YOU AREN’T A SHAME TO YOUR FAMILY.
YOU AREN’T A PREDATOR.
YOU AREN’T DIRTY OR GROSS.
YOU AREN’T “TRYING TO IMPERSONATE WESTERN CULTURE” OR “BEING TRENDY”
IT ISN’T A PHASE. AND EVEN IF IT IS, THATS OKAY.
YOU ARE AMAZING AND WONDERFUL AND SO SO VALID.

youtube

Fact: An Iranian astronomer made the first depiction of Andromeda, 1,000 years before Edwin Hubble classified it as a galaxy.

We (the Milky Way) are on a collision course with Andromeda in about 4 billion years in the future. But there’s new evidence that we may have already begun that collision today! Watch to learn more.


Thanks Future of Science friends! You can SUPPORT more videos like this at http://patreon.com/arielwaldman

Subscribe to more at http://youtube.com/arielwaldman

The Origins of Pasta

Pasta, as we know it today, can only be made from triticum turgidum var. durum, or “durum wheat.” Because of its high gluten content, this type of wheat allows hard, dry pasta with a long, safe shelf life. Because the ancient Etruscans and Romans did not know about durum wheat, they could not have invented pasta.

That honor likely goes to the Arabs. In a dictionary by Syrian physician and lexicographer Isho bar Ali published in the 900s, we have something called “itriyya” – string-like pasta shapes made of semolina and dried before cooking. This early Arab version made its way to Sicily a few centuries later, where it was called triyakh. However, there is still debate today over whether the Sicilians had pasta introduced by their Arab invaders, or independently invented it, and just picked up the name.

ACOMAF: Across the Erythrean Sea

I was just working on worldbuilding for my own novel and learned that erythrean is a Latin word for ‘red.’

The Erythrean Sea, mentioned by Rhys in ACOMAF, therefore, means Red Sea.

Knowing that SJM has already mentioned that Miryam and Drakon’s story/setting is based on Egypt … that’s a fun little Easter Egg I picked up on.

(Note: there is an actual body of water once named the Erythraean Sea, and it is adjacent to the Red Sea of our world, between the Horn of Africa and the Arab Peninsula. So either way, this was a hint to what’s to come in ACOWAR.)

2

So a drunk bi prince, a stone faced gay thief and an asexual wizard princess walk into a bar…

-

For past few days I’ve been obsessing about Tanya Huff’s novel “The Fire’s Stone”. YOU SHOULD TOO. It’s available on Kindle! It’s available as an audiobook (which I listened to! It’s good!)! It has queer and POC characters!

The story itself is nothing new, but I don’t give a shit, it’s funny, warm, characters are lovable and gorgeous. Please give this book a shot. I don’t want to scream about it alone.

In the Islaamic system, each and every human act can be transformed into an act of worship. However, for that dedication to be acceptable to Allaah, each act must fulfill two basic conditions:
Firstly, the act must be done sincerely for the pleasure of God and not for the recognition and praise of human beings. In order to facilitate this transformation of mundane deeds into worship, Allaah instructed the last Prophet (pbuh) to prescribe short prayers to be said before even the simplest of acts. The shortest prayer which may be used for any circumstance is: بِسْمِ اللهِ Bismillaah (In the name of Allaah).
The second condition, is that the act must be in accordance with the prophetic way, oin Arabic the ‘Sunnah’. All of the prophets instructed their followers to follow their way because they were guided by God.

anonymous asked:

I think anon thought Jellal was supposed to be Arab because Jellal is an Arabic name. However, Mashima most likely chose the name because he liked it, as Jellal's surname (Fernandes) is Portuguese. So I don't think there is any connection to his ethnicity and if there is, his character design is awful portrayal of an Arab (no olive/brown skin tone, any other common facial features) Neither Jellal nor Rakheid have been mentioned to be of Arab (or Arab inspired) descend despite their names

yeah, using names alone to try to say a character is a certain ethnicity in canon is flimsy evidence, especially sense people can have names from different cultures & basically everyone in ft is pasty ass white.

and like, i almost never not see arabs demonized in some way (at least here in the usa) so like, having one of your only arab characters be a super evil dude who fuckin owned slaves is….thats awful

  • أخذ Akhdh (a/kh: pronounce khaa like the “ch” in the Scottish word “loch.”/dh: pronounce like th in this) means: Take.
  • عطاء ‘Ataa (a: like you’re gagging while saying “ah” OTL / t: like a hard “t” pronounced with the tongue on the roof of the mouth rather than up against the teeth / aa) means: Give.

Remember! Arabic goes from right to left ;)

It feels like I have four names sometimes. My mom and, well, most Mexican and Mexican-Americans of her generation pronounce my name the Spanish way, ah-lee-SAWN. People my age just pronounce it Al-is-sen. Then there are the nicknames. When my mom calls me Ali, she likes to do it the Arabic way, which is ah-LEE. For others, it’s Allie.

I used to hate my name as a kid, but I think it’s time I appreciate it, especially from a linguistics standpoint.