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Happy Slaughters from Turkey: An Insider’s View of a National Islamic Tradition

Happy Slaughters from Turkey: An Insider’s View of a National Islamic Tradition

By Teo Sagisman…..
This week the Turks are celebrating an age-old tradition, known as Eid al Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) in Arabic. Called Kurban Bayrami in Turkish, this tradition is both religiously and culturally important to many Turks. Kurban Bayrami is a long extended holiday, equivalent to the importance and length of the Christmas celebrations in the western world. The 4,0000 year-old story behind the Feast of the Sacrifice is common to all Abrahamic religions – Jews, Christians, and Muslims, but in the modern world, only adherents to Islam commemorate it in a literal way. As the story is told in the Hebrew Bible, Christian Bible, and the Quran, God tested Abraham’s faith by telling him to sacrifice his beloved son.

Greetings from the Louvre’s “Roads to Arabia” Exhibition

Greetings from the Louvre’s “Roads to Arabia” Exhibition

Most of the 300 plus artifacts in the exhibit have never been on display to a domestic or international audience. Many of the artifacts found in the exhibit represent a myriad of cultures and civilizations of pre-Islamic Arabia and representations of the human form are understood as blasphemous according to the strict Wahhabi brand of Islam practiced throughout Saudi Arabia since the rise of the Saud family at the beginning of the 20th century.