i also don’t like the idea that in the future in a lot of narratives, star trek included, theres no more religion in general???
like slow down john lennon we’ve lasted this long i don’t think we’ll be gone in 2234 i want muslim space explorers :((
and c’mon dudes everyone wants to see rabbis arguing about when sunset is *in space*
muslims would definitely do that to lmfao
NEVER ENDING SHABBOS IF THE SUN DOESN’T SEND.
Or is it never beginning…
imagine ramadan lmao oh my god
I think we’ve found the reason why there are never Jews and Muslims in space…
I’ve always wondered how muslims in sci-fi settings go about praying toward mecca when they’re on the other side of the galaxy. I mean, do they need to be precise about facing mecca, or would it be ok as long as they were facing in the general direction? Because with the distances involved, if you’re facing just slightly the wrong way, you might be praying towards Alpha Centauri instead or something.
Maybe they’d invent some sort of compass that always points exactly towards Mecca.
…man that could be a huge point in the story
Precise, elegant interstellar navigation systems that came about because of Muslim space travelers making scientific breakthroughs in order to create that compass
And the entirety of the rest of the spacefaring world is drastically altered and improved by the research they perform and technologies they create.
And even you were able to pray in the right direction, how would you know when to pray? 5 times a day, right, but what’s a day in space?
ThIs is awesome
I mean, from a Jewish perspective, if you were praying from the other side of the galaxy, it would be enough to pray towards Earth.
Just as when Jews around the world pray towards Jerusalem, it’s enough if you’re west of Jerusalem to pray facing East and if you’re east of Jerusalem West and so on. But really, you’re praying towards the Kotel (Western Wall) and not just towards Jerusalem and Jews in Jerusalem pray towards the wall.
So praying towards Earth, knowing that Jerusalem is in that direction, should be enough.
Maybe same with Mecca?
THERE IS A BOOK WHERE THIS IS A THING THAT THEY TALK ABOUT.
I just can’t remember it because I just woke up and haven’t had any coffee yet. But, here follows a list of novels that I can think of off the top my head (that is, I can see on my bookshelf) with at least incidental portrayals of Judaism/Islam in the future. (All of these, are to my very much non-Jewish, non-Muslim, non-religious eye, reasonably positive/substantive? That is, the religious identity of a character/group of characters is important to who they are in a non-offensive/stereotypical way. But I might be missing something more subtle than I can detect.):
- Roma Eterna, by Robert Silverberg
- Hyperion, by Dan Simmons
- The Last Colony, by John Scalzi (and I think the two books that come before it, too. I can’t recall if Islam or Judaism get mentioned specifically, but he makes a point of establishing that existing earth religions go out to the stars along with the rest of our culture.)
- Ender’s Game/Shadow and Sequels. (I hesitate to put these here, because I’m almost positive they’ve got to be offensive to someone. Or possibly everyone. I’ve seriously soured on Orson Scott Card as a writer and human since I was in high school and read these.)
- I’m sure there are tons more, but I am still sleepy.
reblogging for reference and also because the discussion is awesome
this borders on blasphemous but oh my g o d and what about prophets and sacred places in every galaxy and intERSTELLAR PILGIMAGES
Mary Roach’s excellent nonfiction book Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void addresses this with respect to real-life present-day space travel:
“Zero gravity and a ninety-minute orbital day created so many questions for Muslim astronauts that a [guideline] was drafted. Rather than require [them] to pray five times during each ninety-minute orbit of Earth, they were allowed to go by the twenty-four-hour cycle of the launch location.”
There’s also a bit about orientation with respect to Mecca and prostration in zero-g but I don’t have the passage on hand. (It’s in the footnotes on pages 249-250 in the hardcover, though, according to Amazon.)
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Menstruation-related question under the cut.
ok so i tried to find out what breed of cattle this is and i havent been successful but i found these two
and their names are texas tornado and johnny football
the pics are from this website
edit: they are apparently called Double Bred Composite Charolais (fancy ass cows)
Cows now have Bichon Frise technology.
iM REBLOGGING THESE AGAIN BECAUSE THEYRE
You kids and your “tablets”.
Oberlin Commencement/Reunion Weekend Dates
I’m in town Saturday 5/25 to Tuesday 5/28.
Why Do Men Keep Putting Me in the Girlfriend-Zone?
You know how it is, right, ladies? You know a guy for a while. You hang out with him. You do fun things with him—play video games, watch movies, go hiking, go to concerts. You invite him to your parties. You listen to his problems. You do all this because you think he wants to be your friend.
But then, then comes the fateful moment where you find out that all this time, he’s only seen you as a potential girlfriend. And then if you turn him down, he may never speak to you again. This has happened to me time after time: I hit it off with a guy, and, for all that I’ve been burned in the past, I start to think that this one might actually care about me as a person. And then he asks me on a date.
I tell him how much I enjoy his company, how much I value his friendship. I tell him that I really want to be his friend and to continue hanging out with him and talking about our favorite books or exploring new restaurants or making fun of avant-garde theatre productions. But he rejects me. He doesn’t answer my calls or e-mails; if we’d been making plans to do something before this fateful incident, these plans mysteriously fail to materialize. (This is why I never did get around to seeing the Hunger Games movie. Not to name any names, but thanks a lot, Tom.) Later, when I run into him at social events, our conversations are awkward and lukewarm. This is because the moment we met, he put me in the girlfriend-zone, and now he can’t see me as friend material.
I must say that I find this really unfair. I mean, I’m a nice girl. I have a lot to offer as a friend, like not being a douchebag and stuff. But males just don’t want to be friends with nice girls like me. They can’t help it, I guess; it’s just how they’re wired, biologically. Evolution conditioned our male hominid ancestors to seek nice girls as mates and form friendship bonds only with the other dudes that they hunted mammoths with. It’s true—I know this because I studied hominids in my fifth-grade science class.
So what’s the answer? Should I take up mammoth-hunting in an attempt to appeal to the friendship centers of men’s primal lizardbrains? Should I keep making guy “friends” and then prevent them from making a move on me by subtly undermining their self-confidence? Should I just give up on those manipulative, game-playing, two-faced bastards once and for all? I don’t know. I mean, I’d really like to have a true friendship with a guy someday, but it’s so hard to trust and respect them when they never say what they mean—and you never know when you might be relegated to the girlfriend-zone.
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