Men in the Sun and Other Palestinian Stories by Ghassan Kanafani

By Ghassan Kanafani

Males within the solar follows 3 Palestinian refugees looking to shuttle from the refugee camps in Lebanon, the place they can't locate paintings, to Kuwait the place they wish to discover paintings as employees within the oil growth. the 3 males each one set up with a clerk at a neighborhood shop to be smuggled to Kuwait by way of a motive force. the boys are taken care of gruffly and are humiliated via the method. after they ultimately organize for shuttle, they're compelled to trip behind the truck around the desolate tract on their technique to Kuwait. At a number of money issues, the lads cover in a wide, empty, water tank within the stifling mid-day warmth because the motive force arranges forms to get via. After dealing with the final money aspect, inside effortless riding distance of the travelers' final aim of Kuwait, the motive force opens the tank to permit the boys out merely to discover they've got died.

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I note with irony that the term atheist app ears i n E nglish t wenty y ears b efore humanist and th irty years before the world ever heard of English imperialism. Although -ist and -ism words d id n ot n ecessarily ha ve r eligious c onnotations, t he d iffering viewpoints of the Reformation separated the world into the mutually antagonistic heresies of papists, Calvinists, Jensenists, and the like. 42 Thus, constructing - isms has not evolved as a n eutral or objective process. Words a re created to solidify differences as well as define things.

Calling them nonviolent Islamists acknowledges these Muslims’ existence and helps to recognize their importance as a l arge potential counterweight to the v iolent Islamist minority. As for non-Islamist Muslims, t hese include secularists whose political commitments are not said to be Islamic and quietists unattracted to political action of any kind. A major argument against using the term Islamism is that it demonizes a religion b y a ssociating i t e xclusively w ith v iolence. P iscatori’s de finition avoids this p itfall.

And whatever may be the reasons why such terms find ready, not to say universal, employment in scholarly as well as polemical speech, it is certainly not because their referents and connotations are clear 42 OPENING POSITIONS and unequivocal. 40 —H. M. Hopfl (1983) Meanings of words change all the time, even if dictionaries are slow to document the process. In theory fundamentalism could shed its Christian origins and Islamism could be reserved for a m ilitant and intolerant form of Islam. But t he s ocial g rounding o f r ecent e tymological - isms su ggests a d ifferent path.

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