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All true but there is a flip side to the Arab contempt and "low" Indian status

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Submitted by Shishir (United Arab Emirates), Apr 23, 2013 at 04:50

Interestingly , during the height of Arab Muslim power, the travellers Al Beruni,Ibn Khaldun and Ibn Battuta for the most part had nothing but good things to say about India and Hindus.

It often occurs to me by way of my anecdotal evidence that Arab Muslims in some way respect Hindus despite their obvious polytheism (kafir and mushirk-a twofer!) more than Indian Muslims and Pakistanis.They respect Hindus education,work ethic, increased economic standing and strong military.

Their low view of Indian Muslims and Pakistanis is similar to their views of Palestinians as weak lackeys in service of a superior kafir power ( India in the case of Indian Muslim, China and Indian military in the case of Pakistan and Palestinians and Israel).

There is nothing Arabs have more contempt for than the powerless-especially powerless non Arab Muslims.

Of course they would not agree with the religious views of Jews and Hindus obviously but admire them for standing up for their beliefs and communities.

And yes ,the fact that Indian and Pakistani Muslims accept the abuse only increases their contempt

Speaking of laborers and body odors, here is a somewhat humorous and sordid take on some GCC women and their help.

Its probably an urban legend ,Ive heard my fair share as well-much of it may be racist bravado against Arabs but then again no smoke without fire and all that..


There's a saying in Oman that goes "il hindi ma yikhabar". Translation: the Indian won't tell. I first heard it back when I was in school in the 80's in reference to stories about Omani housewives who sleep with their houseboys or drivers to satisfy their sexual needs. They'd never cheat with an Omani man because he'll end up telling someone about it, but the poor Indian.. he'll never tell.

Stories about married women cheating aren't new. And they're much bolder than before, they don't just go with expats.

Interesting. It reminds of the probably appocryphal story of the Expat housewife who asked the houseboy to please go upstairs and have a shower (due to a case of body odour). Afer some time, with no reappearance of houseboy, she goes upstairs to find him naked on the bed. He explained that with his previous employer 'have a shower' was code for sexual services!


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