camel horse

There was a column of dust in the distance. Something was approaching fast.
“One moment,” said General Ashal.
He came back from his saddle with an ornate metal tube, covered in the curly Klatchian script. He squinted into one end and pointed the other at the cloud.
“Mounted men,” he said. “Camels and horses.”
“That’s a Make-Things-Bigger device, isn’t it?” said Lord Rust. “My word, you are up to date. They were only invented last year.”
“I didn’t buy this, my lord. I inherited it from my grandfather.” 

– on technology | Terry Pratchett, Jingo

noasaurus  asked:

Hey just in case you're curious what an actual Jewish person thinks; Muslims and Jews aren't natural enemies. The actions of a tiny fraction of Muslims don't represent core concepts of Islam any more than the actions of some Christians represent core concepts of Christianity. Is there antisemitism in the Muslim community and on the Left in general? Certainly, but that doesn't represent the views of every single Muslim. I'm tired of gentiles using us as a means to attack vulnerable people

I’m tired of apologists like yourself using “not all Muslims” to excuse a hugely disproportionate problem with Islam. You act as if it’s only a tiny percentage of Muslims who hold these views yet you ignore the fact the top 16 countries with the highest rates of antisemitic views are all Muslim countries, you ignore Muslims are more than twice as likely to harbor antisemitic views than any other religion, you ignore the fact 16 Muslim countries strictly forbid Jews from entering, you completely ignore the fact more Muslims than any other religion deny and mock the Holocaust, you ignore the fact that violent crimes against Jews across Europe are mostly committed by young Muslims

You ignore the fact more than a thousand Jews were killed in anti-Jewish rioting in Muslim countries which has led to mass exodus of almost a million Jews from Arab countries, you completely ignore research has found that 47 percent of Muslims in the UK stated that they hold “unfavorable” views of Jews compared with 7 percent of the population as a whole; that 28 per cent of Muslims in France hold unfavorable views of Jews compared with 13 per cent of the population generally; and that 44 percent of Muslims in Germany hold such views compared with 20 percent of the population generally, you completely ignore the fact antisemitism is spread all over Arabic news and media, it’s being taught all throughout mosques and it’s ingrained in Muslim families and history, you completely ignore the fact that right now every single neighbor of Israel is a Muslim country who are all hellbent on destroying Israel and killing every last Jew. These are entire nations, not just a small minority ffs.

You may have a case by saying a fraction of Muslims are actually butchering and hunting Jews but how the fuck can you sit there and say that only a tiny fraction of Muslims hold these views so we should never talk about it and if we do, then it’s an attack on “vulnerable people”. Are you kidding me? The evidence is right there, what the fuck is wrong with you? You do realize there’s more Muslims in the world than just the ones who go to your university and who tells you how awesome Islam is, right? Muslims and Jews aren’t natural enemies? Have you ever read a history book? What kind of Jew are you? You don’t even know your own history? You don’t even know what’s happening in Israel? Or are you just choosing to ignore it along with everything else because it shows Islam isn’t quite as peaceful as your Muslim friend tells you? Well, it seems like somebody needs a history lesson. 

Muhammad traveled to Medina in 622 to attract followers to his new faith. When the Jews of Medina refused to convert and rejected Muhammad, two of the major Jewish tribes were expelled and in 627, Muhammad’s followers killed between 600 and 900 of the men, and divided the surviving Jewish women and children amongst themselves. The Muslim attitude toward Jews is reflected in various verses throughout the Quran. "They [the Children of Israel] were consigned to humiliation and wretchedness. They brought the wrath of God upon themselves, and this because they used to deny God’s signs and kill His Prophets unjustly and because they disobeyed and were transgressors" (Sura 2:61). According to the Quran, the Jews try to introduce corruption (5:64), have always been disobedient (5:78), and are enemies of Allah, the Prophet and the angels (2:97­98).

The traditional concept “dhimma” (“writ of protection”) was extended by Muslim conquerors to Christians and Jews in exchange for submission to the Muslims. People subjected to Muslim rule usually had a choice between death and conversion, but Jews and Christians who adhered to the Scriptures were allowed as dhimmis (protected persons). This “protection” did little to insure that Jews and Christians were treated well by the Muslims. On the contrary, an integral aspect of the dhimma was that, being an infidel, he had to openly acknowledge the superiority of the true believer the Muslim and pay Muslims “tributes” (jizya), as a yearly tax, symbolized the inferiority of the Jews and Christians. Muslims also forced Jews to wear yellow badges, setting a precedent that would be followed centuries later in Nazi Germany.

Later the inferior status of Jews and Christians was further reinforced through a series of regulations that governed the behavior of the Jews and Christians. They were forbidden to criticize the Quran, Islam or Muhammad, to proselytize among Muslims or to touch a Muslim woman (the scary part is they still practice this today.) Jews and Christians were excluded from public office and armed service and were forbidden to bear arms. They were not allowed to ride horses or camels, to build synagogues or churches taller than mosques, to construct houses higher than those of Muslims or to drink wine in public. They were not allowed to pray or mourn in loud voices as that might offend the Muslims. Jews and Christians were not allowed to give evidence in court against a Muslim and his oath was unacceptable in an Islamic court. To defend himself, Jews and Christians would have to purchase Muslim witnesses at great expense. This left them with little to no legal recourse when harmed and attacked by a Muslim.

When Jews were perceived as having achieved too comfortable a position in Islamic society, antisemitism would surface with often devastating results: In 1066, Joseph HaNagid, the Jewish vizier of Granada was crucified by an Arab mob that proceeded to raze the Jewish quarter of the city and slaughter its 5000 inhabitants. The riot was incited by Muslim preachers who had angrily objected to what they saw as inordinate Jewish political power. Similarly, in 1465, Arab mobs in Fez slaughtered thousands of Jews leaving only 11 alive, after a Jewish deputy vizier treated a Muslim woman in “an offensive manner.” Other mass murders of Jews in Arab lands occurred in Morocco in the 8th century, where whole communities were wiped out by Muslim ruler Idris I, North Africa in the 12th century, where the Almohads either forcibly converted or decimated several communities, Libya in 1785, where Ali Burzi Pasha murdered hundreds of Jews, Algiers, where Jews were massacred in 1805, 1815 and 1830 and Marrakesh, where more than 300 hundred Jews were murdered between 1864 and 1880. And most recently in the 1940s where more than a thousand Jews were killed in anti-Jewish rioting in Muslim countries which has led to mass exodus of almost a million Jews.

Decrees ordering the destruction of Jewish synagogues were enacted in Egypt and Syria (1014, 1293-4, 1301-2), Iraq (854-859, 1344) and Yemen (1676). Jews were forced to convert to Islam or face death in Yemen (1165 and 1678), Morocco (1275, 1465 and 1790-92) and Baghdad (1333 and 1344). Jews during the 19th century in Muslim countries of North Africa were forced to live in ghettos and Muslim children participated in the degradation of Jews, throwing stones at them and harassing them and Jews were only allowed to work as shoe shiners. The frequency of anti-Jewish violence increased and many Jews were executed on charges of apostasy. Ritual murder accusations against the Jews became commonplace in the Ottoman Empire. The attitude of the Muslims toward the Christians and the Jews is that of a master towards slaves, who he treats with a certain lordly tolerance so long as they keep their place. Any sign of pretension to equality is promptly repressed. 

This is still happening right now. It’s not only history but it’s still very real and very current and people wonder why Islam gets called the primitive religion. Their hatred of Jews, gays and women is brushed off as “not real Muslims” when it’s impossible to make it any clearer that this is real Islam, as it always has been. Sure, many Muslims have been Westernized enough to adopt our laws and values but you’re completely failing to understand these Muslims do not make up the majority. You look at countries such as Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan and almost 100% of their Muslims admit they don’t like Jews. But sure, tell me again there’s no natural tension between Jews and Muslims, keep telling me what a tiny minority antisemitic Muslims are. You’re a fucking disgrace.

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20/5/2017: Crown Prince Hussein opened the first phase of the Prince Al Hussein Bin Abdullah II Park in Sweimeh near the Dead Sea tourist sites, part of the Royal Initiative projects.

The crown prince toured the facilities of the park, which aims to organize tourism in the region, ease traffic congestion and reduce accidents on the main road to the Dead Sea and protect the environment. The park was built according to up-to-date international standards and includes 500 shaded family spaces with benches, barbecue and play areas for children of all ages, a football pitch, a sand volleyball court and horse and camel riding trails.

The park, which will be open to the public starting today, is managed by the Greater Amman Municipality in cooperation with the Public Security Department, which will have the task of tourist and environmental safety.

He also met with a number of Jordanian youths, who have scored remarkable achievements in various sectors. On the sidelines of the World Economic Forum at the Dead Sea, Prince Hussein voiced his pride in the distinguished Jordanian youth, emphasizing the importance of supporting creativity, by providing a stimulating and positive environment. (Source: Petra)

anonymous asked:

How are camels used in warfare? Are they faster than horses? Were there instances of armored camels? What are the different strategies or tactics use to engage or counter them?

A racehorse would beat a racing camel in a sprint, but camels are very hardy, and can travel at a good speed for many hours carrying a load at a higher performance than a horse. Camels are also better in desert weather, both in the sense that they can travel further with less water, and on the hot, loose sand. Riding a horse in the desert, you need to be mindful of water sources and carry much with you.

Thanks for the question, Anon.

SomethingLikeALawyer, Hand of the King

Character Development Questions #10
  1. Is your character generally the first to make a move if they have a crush on someone, or do they wait for the other person to act first?
  2. Describe your character’s sexual orientation.  Have they ever questioned this identity, whatever it may be?  Is it a big part of their life, or something they don’t ever really think about?
  3. Does your character have any scars?  If so, where are they located, and where did they come from?
  4. How well does your character control their emotions?  Do they have a lot of breakdowns or do they generally hold it together pretty well?
  5. How does your character feel about children? Do they have any children of their own, much younger siblings, or other kids that they are close to?  If they don’t have kids, do they want to ever have any?
  6. What would your character’s ideal birthday/holiday/etc. present be?  Do they get shy when receiving gifts in front of people, or do they like it?
  7. Can your character ride a horse (or camel, donkey, or any other comparable animal)? If so, is it something they do often? Is it a hobby or a necessary means of transportation for them?
  8. Does your character spend a lot of time on grooming, like shaving, makeup, hairstyling, etc.? Why or why not?
  9. What’s the most valuable/expensive single item your character has ever owned?  Where did they get it?  Does it have any meaning to them beyond the monetary value?
  10. Who are the three people closest to your character? Are they friends? Family? 
  11. Just for Fun: Is your character the kind of person who takes (or would take) a lot of selfies? What about pictures of their friends?

Mongolia 2156

The bitter cold stung her face as she reached the peak. The repeated gusts of wind from the drone landing behind her didn’t help. Once the great Eagle situated itself the pair looked over the steppe with sharp eyes. The various herds of goats, sheep, horses, camels, and yaks from the nomads looked like ants against the great snow covered peaks on the other end of the valley. Nothing out of the ordinary to report.

Temulin and her Eagle drone had the responsibility of watching over the Nomads and protecting the herds from bandits. With international relations crumbling in Central Asia the Border Defense Force played a pivotal role in maintaining the integrity of the Mongolian nation. A local to this part of the steppe, Temulin felt at home up the mountains. Settling in for the days watch the two of them continued their vigil, ever at the ready to protect the Mongol way of life.

Inspired by: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-26969150

The Dragon and The Princess

The sun, known as the mighty and powerful Ra, shined brightly with its intense rays that compared to the eternal flames of the underworld. Anyone who was a native of the desert sands knew that to travel during the day was considered to be very dangerous and quite foolish. And yet it did not stop a group of individuals that were heading towards the exotic kingdom known as Egypt. For it was their purpose that drove them to make thw long journey across the endless desert sands.

Although the group was made up of ten men riding upon their camels and horses, they were not necessarily alone. A wooden cart that served as a large traveling cage was being pulled by two of them, and inside the cage were individuals like themselves. The only difference was these people did not come of their own free will, but instead were kidnapped from their homes along the great Nile River. Thus was the group’s true purpose had shown. They were slave traders looking to earn some money.

As they made it to the kingdom did the group head straight for the marketing area. There they found a riggity, wooden stage set up in a very spacious area, where many had gathered for the annual Slave auction. When coming to a halt near a wooden stage the cage was open, and one by one did the people inside it step out of it.

“Form a line!” Spoke the leader of the group in a harsh tone. “Women in front, Men behind them, NOW.” Without so much as missing a beat did the captured slaves did as they were told. For anyone who watched it was not hard to see that many displayed much fear of their capturers, or ‘Masters’ hurting them.