The Mosque as Mother

by NANCY HARTEVELT KOBRIN, PHD:

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.

 

One thought on “The Mosque as Mother

  1. What a sick bunch of people. I’m telling you it’s a miracle they can walk and chew gum at the same time. No wonder they are crazy. We should never have let them come here to the United States.

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