Re: Fundamentalism and beliefs

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Date: Thu Jan 24 2002 - 03:52:06 GMT

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    >From: Douglas Brooker <>
    >Subject: Re: Fundamentalism and beliefs
    >Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2002 10:58:28 +0000
    > >
    > > Is it true that the word mosque is actually a derisive term
    > > related to the Spanish for mosquito? That's what I read in _The
    > > Idiot's Guide to Understanding Islam_ (by Yahiya Emerick; ISBN
    > > anyway.
    >Here's one view
    >English corruption of the Arabic masjid "place of prostration." The
    >Muslim house of worship corresponding to a synagogue or church.
    >Arabic, from Aramaic *masgid, place of worship, from sged, to bow down,
    >maybe someone was confusing the Old Spanish word "mezquita" with the
    >Spanish word "mosquito".
    I dunno. It's possible. I read about it in _The Complete Idiot's Guide to
    Understanding Islam_ (by Yahiya Emerick. 2002. Alpha. Indianopolis, Indiana)
    and wondered whether the mosque/mosquito relation was historically correct.
    I did a quick google search and found this website:

    See the section under "Part A. Where Do I Pray", which corroborates what I
    read in the book, but I couldn't find anything besides this website, though
    I might do better with different keyword combos. In a little sidebar on page
    14 of the book cited above (_The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding
    Islam_) the word mosque is discussed and it is said: (bq) "The forces of
    King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella boasted they would swat out Muslim prayer
    houses like *mosquitoes*."(eq)

    BTW, I have _The Complete Idiot's Guide to Evolution_ but haven't started it
    yet. There's a whole bunch of these sorts of beginner's books with insulting
    titles out there on all sorts of topics. I even have _The Complete Idiot's
    Guide to the Middle East Conflict_. Is there some sort of cultural
    phenomenon going on here?

    I'm not taking this mosque/mosquito bit as gospel truth, but it has my
    curiosity piqued.

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