The Dome of Mosque of the 8th Shia Imam, Reza Our current Salman Rushdie is the young courageous Iranian rapper Shahin Nafaji, now in hiding in Germany who has received a death threat because he wrote lyrics to his song Naqi. However, I contend it is the album cover, which broke the proverbial camel’s back of the Mahdists. The cover depicts the dome of the mosque of the 8th Shia Imam as a female breast with a rainbow flag “a la sexual diversity” as a thin impotent phallic minaret arising out of the nimple! A picture speaks a thousand words.
In an interview by the BBC Shahin spoke about sex and Shia Islam — “how transparent Islam is with regard to sexuality.”
What exactly did he mean by “transparent”? I take him to mean that a perverse sexuality lurks below the surface of Mahdist culture, which hates the female. The dome of the mosque is an unconscious representation of the female breast of the nursing mother. This is the essence of a shame honor culture signifying that there is maternal deprivation and paranoia. They go hand in hand. The little girls and women are abused. With shame, comes blaming the other but hardly ever the mother because the mother is the object to be protected by the little humiliated,shamed boy who witnesses his mother being abused. The little boy feels his mother to be an extension of himself. To see her hit, is for him to feel her pain. He must protect her at all costs. Picture a frightened little boy clinging hysterically to his mother’s skirt.
This same little boy harbors an erotized rage that in many instances exceeds murder itself. It is not just enough to murder; it must in order to redeem honor through blood violence. The hatred and violence is an erotized hatred – the intense hatred of the female that is not satiated by merely murdering.
The Mahdist regime is perpetually stuck in an infantile mode of shame, regressed to defending their weak mothers who live their lives through them and they hate it. It is a vicious cycle for which we pay the price as the rage is projected outwards in the vessel of political violence and nuclear war. Remember too, that it was Shia’s Hezbollah who initiated Islamic suicide truck bombing on a grand scale in southern Lebanon in the early 1980s. It was readily adopted by Arab Muslim cultures because they too are shame/honor. The mosque is their mother too. Indeed this transparency of symbol and obsession for the mother can be sensed in the word “Umma” meaning the Muslim community, which comes from the same root in Arabic for ummi or “mommy”.
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Dr. Nancy Kobrin, a psychoanalyst with a Ph.D. in romance and semitic languages, specializes in Aljamía and Old Spanish in Arabic script. She is an expert on the Minnesota Somali diaspora and a graduate of the Human Terrain System program at Leavenworth Kansas. Her new book is The Banality of Suicide Terrorism: The Naked Truth About the Psychology of Islamic Suicide Bombing.