The Dongola Times

(Anachronistic) Dispatches from the Kingdom of Makuria.
15th of June, 2014


Watching lots of Jihadi videos has its downsides. For instance, now I am a fan of a nasheed (Islamic song) which I first encountered in a particularly-stirring jihadi video some time earlier this year.
The song is called Jaljallat, and serves to underscore what a cultural waste it has been in all these times that Arabia has remained non-Christian. ‘Cause now I listen to such a beautiful song, and yet its themes are glorifying terror, war, and the beheading of Christians.
But it is a good song, nonetheless. It has even helped me to realise how fine my comprehension of Arabic has become, over this time of exposure to frothing-at-the-mouth clerics and the Levantine Jihads (my term of art for the insurgency of the Islamists in Iraq and al-Sham).