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Tuesday September 16, 2003
07:38 AM

Get your Islam on

[ #14733 ]
I pronounce this fatwa: only losers won't take this BBC quiz on Islam.

I got 9 of 10 questions right, baby! I am the Islamyest!

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  • Missed the question about divorce, and the one about the African country.

    And from what I understand, the meaning of "jihad" is debatable.

    J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
    • and the one about the African country

      Ah! Then you must be unaware of the various rumors about Ethiopia. See Prester John [] and about where the Ark of the Covenant rests []. Now if Ethiopia featured zealots kissing snakes [], you would probably have gotten a more Christian vibe from the place.

    • Ethiopia is one of the oldest officially Christian countries on earth. Until the socialist revolution in the 70s, the emperor of Ethiopia (the Ras Tafari) was said to be a descendant of Menelik, son of Salomon and of the Queen of Saba : this was the oldest dynasty alive. They have their own Ethiopian church, distinct from the Catholics and the Orthodoxes, but similar to the Coptic church. Moreover they are monophysists.
  • Pretty good for a troglodyte conservative, heh?

    Missed the one about the African country. Thought it was Tanzania. I knew Ethiopia had a huge Christian component, but I thought the majority there had been overtaken by Moslems in recent years.

    I knew that Islam had spread to Ethiopia even before Muhammed's death. This I learned from the excellent The Two Faces of Islam, by Stephen Schwartz.

  • I think that with a whopping 3 right, I'm the worst-scorer so far. Interesting that one of the three I got right was the question about divorce rights...



  • Hm, I figured I would get a 4 or something. I missed "Zakat" and "divorce". I think I am just good at guessing. :-)