Category Archives: Archaeology

Are Shia True Muslims?

Shireen T. Hunter writes:

This widely held Arab belief that Iranians are not real Muslims is based on the premise that they never fully converted to Islam. Instead, they developed Shi’ism, which is allegedly nothing more than their old religion with a thin guise of Islam. Moreover, Arabs believe that the Iranians did so in order to subvert and undermine their true and pure Islam. In a Cairo bookshop near Al-Azhar several years ago, I saw a book for sale entitled Shia Conspiracy Against Islam. Since then, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and others, along with religious figures such as the Egypt-born resident of Qatar Sheik Yusuf Qaradawi, have sponsored many more books on Shi’ism’s threat to Islam and Iran’s plans to convert Sunnis to Shi’ism.

The idea of Shi’ism as an Iranian creation has, of course, no historical validity. The split that occurred within the Muslim community of Arabia immediately after the Prophet Muhammad’s demise and that eventually led to the Sunni-Shi’a divide, was a purely Arab phenomenon. At the time, Arab/Islamic armies had not yet conquered Iran. Later, some Iranians might have seen in the Shi’a split from Sunnism a reflection of some of their ancient values and rites. But they certainly did not invent Shi’ism. The first impetus for the Iranian embrace of the House of Ali came after the Arab invasion and the policy of ethnic discrimination practiced by Iran’s new Arab rulers, beginning with the first Caliph Omar, despite Islam’s claim to the racial and ethnic equality of all Muslims. The Abbasids even perpetuated this practice, although Persian Muslims had contributed considerably to their victory over the Umayyad dynasty.

If Iranians are non-Muslims then Islam’s edict that Muslims should not fight other Muslims does not apply to them. Therefore, you can kill Shi’a Iranians just like any other infidel without any twinge of conscience. In the current atmosphere of tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran, spreading the view of Iranians as non-Muslims has considerable political ramifications. For example, it can help the Saudis enlist other Muslims in their fight, both overt and covert, against Iran. Already, groups such as the Taliban, the Islamic State, and al-Qaeda have internalized this Saudi view and view the Iranians as infidels.

It’s not surprising for the Saudi mufti, out of political expediency, to call Iranians Majus. What is sad is that present-day Iranians should see this appellation as an insult. But then Iran’s Islamists have been waging a campaign against the country’s indigenous culture for at least 60 years. Since their victory in the 1979 revolution, they have worked relentlessly to erase all vestiges of Iran’s indigenous culture and to subsume it under a state-sponsored, politicized, and ideologized form of Islam that is totally alien to Iran’s traditional Shia Islam, which is closely intertwined with Iran’s early civilization.

That’s very interesting to me. I have a book on Zoroastrianism, but it’s only portions of surviving texts. As I understand it, much has been lost.

This sounds like a potentially worse split than the Protestant-Catholic split of Christianity.

Ancestor Worship at Stonehenge

Stonehenge is now thought to be a site of past ancestor worship.

It is believed to have begun as a Welsh tomb, until its relocation. Presumably the people living in Wales moved, took their ancestors with them.

I wonder if this new theory will dampen New Age religious celebrations at the tombs, since they tend to be more cosmopolitan.

“Where are the dead? The simple answer is Stonehenge, because what we hadn’t realised was that Stonehenge is the largest cemetery of the entire 3rd millennium BC in Britain,” added Prof Parker Pearson.

“Most of those remains are cremated. Just burnt fragments. There were several hundred people buried.”

Note: This is not a new theory, but it’s a recent article. Our betters would prefer we only talked of Stonehenge as astrological in nature.

Sverissaga Proven Partly True

Sverissaga, the Saga of King Sverri of Norway, can be read here.

In the saga, a body is thrown down a particular well, to ruin the well. Inquisitive archaeologists dug to check whether a body truly was there, and a skeleton was indeed found.

If oil proves unprofitable for Norway, perhaps it can employ its young men in the testing of more sagas. I would also love to see a test of Heyerdahl’s reed ship, since Heyerdahl has been quite forgotten.

In other news, Norway built a wall to keep out migrants. Building walls is of course impossible, as Hillary’s supporters well know. It is believed the Norwegians discovered some dark pagan art to complete theirs.

The Antikythera Mechanism: 2000 Year Old “Computer” Discovered

From TechRepublic:

Thought to have been built at the end of the second century BCE, the Antikythera mechanism is considered the first programmable computer. Thanks to an intricate series of gears and dials, the mechanism could be used as a calendar, to track the phases of the moon, and to predict eclipses. It’s an object out of time: no other artefact as complex was built during the thousand years after the mechanism’s creation—that we know of.

The Antikythera mechanism was named after the shipwreck on which it was discovered. Having sunk to the bottom of the sea in the first century BCE taking the mechanism with it, the shipwreck lay undisturbed until 1900, when a group of Greek sponge divers discovered it and began bringing its treasures to the surface.

It’s in vogue nowadays to look on ancestors with disdain, to portray later generations as higher “evolutions” (technologically, culturally, and genetically), however discoveries like this help correct the record, defy the Darwinists. Similarly, archaeologists often comment how the most recent stratas are often not the most advanced, when studying an historical site.

Ancestors deserve respect, and hopefully with this discovery fewer will become bland secular humanist individualists who neglect ancestors and dream of producing “superior” offspring. The conservative honors ancestors and honors God, and some of our ancestors were more than barbarians.

Iraq: Assyrian Artifacts Destroyed

News Link: IS Destroys Ancient Artifacts (Daily Mail).

The destabilisation of Iraq and mass immigration into Europe have created a sort of Bolshevik Muslim who has no home, no ethnicity, only Islam. Such is the essence of Islamic State. Many of its fighters are foreign, not Arab, and the same cosmopolitan, anti-heritage tendency can be expected from other Muslims in Western lands. As diversity grows, it might be that European artifacts and books should be stored in Iceland, Finland, or Japan, three of the last non-cosmopolitan global holdouts.

The US has spent $2 trillion destabilising Iraq, and the mess only grows worse. Millions of Muslims have been imported into Europe and her colonies, and ancient Muslim and Christian communities have been eradicated in Iraq’s chaos.

Bush and Obama, together, have ruined Iraq and with it some of the oldest relics. Iraq, under secular Saddam Hussein, would never have allowed the destruction of its museums. The ancient Marsh Arabs were victims of Hussein, but order was at least preserved, most heritage preserved. We saw similar destruction and looting in Egypt when the US helped remove Mohamed Morsi and in Iraq after Hussein’s removal. Libya, another American victim, has also been destabilised after Gaddafi’s removal.

This is just too horrific for words; Cosmopolitanism is an evil thing. Perhaps more important than opposing immigration is stopping US foreign involvement. Israel and Middle East Sunnis want similar attacks on Iran and whatever remains of Assad’s Syria. I would wish the destruction of whatever is sacred to these war-mongering brutes, but I expect they’re no different from Russian Bolsheviks who valued nothing, hate all heritage as false idols that obstruct “reason” or abstract faith.

There is little difference between an Islamic Bolshevik and a secular humanist Bolshevik. They both wish the destruction of tradition, heritage, identity. The only means of resisting is to keep out immigrants, oppose miscegenation, preserve identity. A Traditionalist, be he Muslim or Christian, can in theory balance a respect for tradition with his faith. A cosmopolitan, however, lives in the abstract and is thus unstable, dangerous.

It’s fitting that Nick Griffin, a nationalist, helped avoid war in Syria, for a time, until Obama’s aid to Syrian rebels resulted in ISIS. Nick Griffin can currently be found here (Facebook).