There’s not much to laugh about in the Middle East these days. Violence, hatred, and war between tribes, religious groups, and nations, result in the death of innocent people every day. Reading the first book of Dan Aldouby’s Mimi trilogy you get the impression that things were not much different in the period from 80 BC until the time of Mohammed. That’s when Mimi, the Heroine of the book, travelled throughout the land in service of her creator. Yet, things seem different somehow in his narrative. That’s because he tells her story with authenticity, empathy, and liberal doses of wry humor that literally jump out of the pages making you smile even when you don’t want to. How does he manages all three? Because 1) he is an expert in Middle Eastern History and Comparative Religion, and still teaches those subjects at Rutgers University and 2) he is truly a funny guy! To see, what I mean read the following excerpt from the book which is one of my favorites: Roman Soldiers on Patrol . To learn more about Dan and his book go to Book of Mimi . You can buy his book from Amazon and Kindle directly from his site.
I was speaking to a friend of mine last week. He considers himself to be an Orthodox Jew. After a lengthy discussion about the Middle-East we came to the same conclusion. Broadly speaking, the Middle East is composed of theocratic states, regardless of what they call themselves. All these States are ruled, not by politicians, but by their respective religious
leaders. The basis of their law, regardless of the system is their religious beliefs based on their religious teachings. The States ruled by the Arabs, Turks (at present), Iranians, etc, have Imams, Ayatollahs, and other religious leaders involved in the political structure and in making and carrying out of the laws. In the State Of Israel, it is the Orthodox leaders who rule the nation. Without their permission, the government does not act, and their Chief Rabbis are the final word. As long as people believe that the land belongs to them because of God, there will be no peace in that region. This also speaks to us in the USA. As long as religionists have a say in civil governance at all levels, we will have no internal peace. Religion and politics do not mix. Historically they foster ignorance, hatred, murder, and wars. Keep religion in Houses of Worship and in peoples’ hearts. Historically, mixing the two is poisonous to a civil society and a building of a better world. Keep Government in Civil buildings and in the hands if the laity.
I’m the author of The First Book of Mimi. If you have as good a time reading it as I had as writing it, that will be reward enough for me. Although the first book sets the tone for the trilogy, I hope to keep it amusing, on the PC side of blasphemy, and for those who like to argue Ontology, Faith and Good Works, the merits of Organized religion, the role of prophecy, or answers to questions like “Why was I born?” or “What is my purpose in Life?” or “Does Satan really exists?” or meaty human doubts about the role of humanity, then Welcome to the world of Mimi the unlikely prophet, world traveler, and perky, pretty, and stand-up woman. At 83 years of age, I’ve come into contact with all sorts of human beings. Mimi is a woman who has all the traits which make up a picture of one kind of ideal. In some respects, I guess, many of these women who are parts of Mimi belong to my family. Lord knows, they are an independent, outspoken and marvelous bunch. Other parts of Mimi come from my lifelong study of Religion and its History. But enough about the author. If you have any comments, critiques, or questions, please post them and I’ll be glad to answer you. I don’t do tweets, Instagram, or any other Insta-whatever. Writing complete sentences is what my training is about. But I do know what OMG means.
Over and out, Dan