Arabia Saudita: Silencio oficial y preocupación antes los hallazgos arqueológicos de templos cristianos y judíos

Lo leo en Vlad Tepes (Digging up the Saudi past: some would rather not):

The sensitivities run deep. Archaeologists are cautioned not to talk about pre-Islamic finds outside scholarly literature. Few ancient treasures are on display, and no Christian or Jewish relics. A 4th or 5th century church in eastern Saudi Arabia has been fenced off ever since its accidental discovery 20 years ago and its exact whereabouts kept secret.

Nos cuentan también que hay un conjunto arquitectónico (foto) de un esplendor comparable al de Petra:

At the same time, authorities are gradually trying to acquaint the Saudi public with the idea of exploring the past, in part to eventually develop tourism. After years of being closed off, 2,000-year-old Madain Saleh is Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site and is open to tourists. State media now occasionally mention discoveries as well as the kingdom’s little known antiquities museums.

Najran, discovered in the 1950s, was invaded nearly a century before Muhammad’s birth by Dhu Nawas, a ruler of the Himyar kingdom in neighboring Yemen. A convert to Judaism, he massacred Christian tribes, leaving triumphant inscriptions carved on boulders.

¿Cómo? ¿Un judío que masacró tribus cristianas? Imposible, todos sabemos que los judíos nuuuuuuunca han impuesto su religión a otros. Si es que… cuando menos se espera salta la judeofobia.

2 Comentarios

  1. . A convert to Judaism, he massacred Christian tribes, leaving triumphant inscriptions carved on boulders.

    Seguramente los cristianos atacaron primero, lo que pasa es que el <antisemitismo ha dado la vuelta a la historia. ¿O es que empiezan a salir las «cositas» ?

  2. A Iskander y AMDG:
    Los Idumeos fueron convertidos a la fuerza al judaísmo.
    http://www.comeandsee.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1010
    Qur’an (al-Buruj:4) condena esta persecución(me imagino que porque sólo los muslimes pueden perseguir cristianos):
    Dhul Nuwas quemó en hornos de aceite hirviendo a prisioneros de guerra vivos, eran de la secta nestoriana asiria, que fué la predominante en Iraq, Kerala-India, Jammu Kashemira y Khyian-actualmente Beijing o Pekín, en China-.
    Esa forma de ejecución fué la misma que aplicaron los romanos al Apóstol San Juan; todavía se aplica en Uzbekistán.
    Vincent J O’Malley, C.M. (2001). Saints of Africa. Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor Publishing. ISBN 087973373X. «The leader of the displaced people, himself known as Dhu Nowas (often transliterated as Dunaan), …»
    Alessandro de Maigret, Arabia Felix, translated by Rebecca Thompson (London: Stacey International, 2002), p. 251.
    Simon’s letter is part of Part III of The Chronicle of Zuqnin, translated by Amir Harrack (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, 1999), pp. 78-84.
    de Maigret, Arabia Felix, p. 251.
    de Maigret, Arabia Felix, p. 234.
    http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/view.jsp?artid=319&letter=D

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