“… by any means necessary…”

Excerpts from “What Went Wrong?”

Picture below: The cover of the book, What Went Wrong.


Source/From: Lewis, Bernard. What Went Wrong? The Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East. 2002.

The following are excerpts from this New York Times Bestseller Book (and New York Times Notable Book). (I’m working on adding more excerpts.)


At the peak of Islamic power… Islam … created a world civilization, polyethnic, multiracial, international, one might even say intercontinental… [Islam] had achieved the highest level so far in human history in the arts and sciences of civilization… scholars and scientists in the Islamic world added an immensely important contribution through their own observations, experiments, and ideas. In most of the arts and sciences of civilization, medieval Europe was a pupil and in a sense a dependent of the Islamic world, relying on Arabic versions even for many otherwise unknown Greek works.” (pp.6-7)


Sunday, January 21, 2007 Posted by | 200 religion | 5 Comments

sun.jan.21: sunday football games…

Picture below: Tom Brady (left) and Peyton Manning go up against each other today (Sunday). Two legends-to-be… It promises to be an exhilarating game…


nfc and afc matchups later today, sunday, january 21st (with student names in parentheses):

(1) indianapolis colts (HajraB) vs new england patriots (JoeyA).

(2) new orleans saints (NadiaE) vs chicago bears (HajraB).

good luck, and may the best team win…

Sunday, January 21, 2007 Posted by | 700 the arts | 12 Comments

sun.jan.21: eragon, the movie

[note of sun.jan.21.2007: i wrote this mini-reflection about the movie “eragon” about a month or so ago, but i had posted it on my previous blog site. i just transferred it to this blog site today.]


i liked the movie “Eragon” a lot. i give it a 9/10. i don’t think there was a time while i was watching the movie that i was also watching the clock (ok, so there is no clock to watch in the theaters, but you get the point, right?)

the one thing wrong with the movie was that sometimes, the plot or storyline went along too quickly and wasn’t realistic. for instance, when eragon is at the butcher’s place, eragon shows him the egg, and he tells eragon to leave, and without hesitation and with nearly deliberate suddenness (does this even make sense?), eragon left the butcher’s shop. i was expecting resistance on eragon’s part, but none was forthcoming. eragon just gave in too easily, it seemed.

but i guess the movie had to move from one scene to the next, and so it had to be pushed along artificially, so to speak. so i pardon the movie’s producer (or director?) for the rushed sequence, though i have no authority to pardon anyone.

besides the chop-chop-piness (ahem) of the movie, everything else was phenomenal. the acting of edward speleers was realistic and impressive. and then of course jeremy irons was just unbelievable. his character — Brom — was awesome. i loved the sarcasm and humor of Brom. it provided more than enough comic relief. i didn’t think much of jeremy irons until i saw him in “eragon.” i think the last movie i remember seeing him in was “die hard with a vengeance,” the bruce willis trilogy. the way he played Brom was in “Eragon” was just wow.

the scenes where Saphira was flying all over the place were also pretty neat. (one of my friends pointed this out to me before i watched the movie.) it seemed like the images were being taken from an f-117a stealth fighter’s cockpit. three letters: w.o.w. (omg would also work, right?)

Sunday, January 21, 2007 Posted by | 700 the arts | 2 Comments