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To: CharlesMartelsGhost; Vaduz; a fool in paradise; sickoflibs; stephenjohnbanker; hoosiermama; ...
In fact, the proposed structure is known in Islamic history as a rabat -- literally a connector. The first rabat appeared at the time of the Prophet.

The Prophet imposed his rule on parts of Arabia through a series of ghazvas, or razzias (the origin of the English word "raid"). The ghazva was designed to terrorize the infidels, convince them that their civilization was doomed and force them to submit to Islamic rule. Those who participated in the ghazva were known as the ghazis, or raiders. After each ghazva, the Prophet ordered the creation of a rabat -- or a point of contact at the heart of the infidel territory raided.

The rabat consisted of an area for prayer, a section for the raiders to eat and rest and facilities to train and prepare for future razzias. Later Muslim rulers used the tactic of ghazva to conquer territory in the Persian and Byzantine empires. After each raid, they built a rabat to prepare for the next razzia.

Ping for the 'Islamic cultural center' lie...

28 posted on 09/15/2010 9:28:55 AM PDT by GOPJ (http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2010/09/the_power_of_images_turned_aga.html)
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Fascinating article and thread. Thanks for the ping.


29 posted on 09/15/2010 11:43:45 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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B U M P


31 posted on 09/15/2010 3:08:21 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker
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Chilling! WAKE UP AMERICA!!

(thanks for the ping. I would have hated to miss this)


34 posted on 09/15/2010 3:14:26 PM PDT by penelopesire (NEVER FORGET!! 'You are either with us or you are with the terrorists')
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