February 19th, 2016

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Interesting Links for 19-02-2016

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Friday reading

Current
Watership Down, by Richard Adams (a chapter a week)
Alif the Unseen, by G. Willow Wilson
Mother of Eden, by Chris Beckett

Last books finished
The Insurrection in Dublin, by James Stephens
The Fifth Season, by N.K. Jemisin
The Legends of Ashildr, by James Goss, David Llewellyn, Jenny T. Colgan and Justin Richards
Prodigal Summer, by Barbara Kingsolver

Last week's audios
[Torchwood] One Rule, by Joe Lidster
[Seventh Doctor] The Warehouse, by Mike Tucker
[Seventh Doctor] Terror of the Sontarans, by John Dorney and Dan Starkey

Next books
The Magic Cup, by Andrew M. Greeley
Alice's Adventures in Wonderlandand Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll

Books acquired in last week
(SF Humble Bundle, some of which I already have)
Damnation Alley, by Roger Zelazny
Roger Zelazny's The Dawn of Amber, by John Gregory Betancourt
Wild Cards Deuces Down, ed. George R.R. Martin
The Deceivers, by Alfred Bester
Dragonworld, by Byron Preiss
The Last Defender of Camelot, by Roger Zelazny
Robot Visions, by Isaac Asimov
Roger Zelazny's Chaos and Amber, by John Gregory Betancourt
Roger Zelazny's To Rule in Amber, by John Gregory Betancourt
Wild Cards Death Draws Five, by John J. Miller
The Computer Connection, by Alfred Bester
Isle of the Dead/Eye of Cat, by Roger Zelazny
The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth, by Roger Zelazny
The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester
Robot Dreams, by Isaac Asimov
Roger Zelazny's Shadows of Amber, by John Gregory Betancourt
The Demolished Man, by Alfred Bester
Arthur C. Clarke's Venus Prime 1, by Arthur C. Clarke and Paul Preuss
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Bektashi humour - repost from ten years ago

Originally posted by nwhyte at Bektashi humour
In memory of the late Baba Tahir Emini, I've been reading up on his sect, the Bektashi. I was aware, from my conversations with him and with others, that they are of a mystical Sufist tradition, preach tolerance, love, and peace, and consider some of the traditions of orthodox Islam regarding the role of women and the use of alcohol to be distractions from the truth. I was unaware that they are also associated with a particular sense of humour, and that there are a whole set of Bektashi jokes told by the faithful about themselves. Some of them don't translate awfully well, but one of them I feel sure I've heard in an Irish version:
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There are other jokes that I think could not be told in any other context than an Islamic one:
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But I am particularly intrigued by the jokes with a certain universailty, but which also presuppose a very close connection between the Bektashi mystic and God, to the point that certain things are expected as of right from the relationship:
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Anyway, my research will continue.