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Reader comment on item: Muslim-Christian Relations in Damascus amid the 1860 Riot

Submitted by Robert (United States), Sep 30, 2022 at 06:58

Dear Dr. Daniel Pipes,

Above is the title of our topic published by Wikipedia. I only cite it to show that the distinction between Lebanon and Syria, Mt. Lebanon and Damascus in 1860 in the Ottoman Empire was not important. Did I imply that Damascus was in Lebanon? Both were within the Ottoman Empire.

Incidentally, as you know Druze are not exactly Muslim or Jewish, to put it sarcastically. So was does the author make it a Christian Muslim conflict/ I think that's because the Ottoman Turkey was Muslim and France, England, and Russia are Christian.

Regarding the gender of the author, I merely could not tell from the Oriental (no disparagement intended. Neither did I think about it, and the "he" I used was a knee-jerk choice as English usage dictates. Otherwise, I'm please to discover that there's another woman in the world practicing Middle Eastern Scholarship affirming the fact that women's jobs are not merely in the Kitchen or Bedroom.

Otherwise, this topic generally interests me most regarding Francis entry into the Middle East and as it relates to Britain and Frances dividing their conquests during World War One over the Western European Christians who first arrived; and also, subsequently, the "New Jerusalem" Russian Christians accounts for Putin's current foothold in Damascus, Syria. People forget that when Constantinople fell to the Ottomans the Russ assumed the subsequent Christian "protector" vacuum in the Eastern Roman Empire. But I have no idea to what extent the author writes about Russia role in this fiasco? More interesting to me is the subsequent Blood Libel against the Jews that took place when the Ottoman Egyptian "governor" was in charge, and when our American President Teddy Roosevelt put in his 2 cents. How far from Damascus that was I don't recall. But Egypt was there through the Janissary who became the ancestor of King Farouk. That partly accounts for Nasser "being in" Damascus (Syria) when it was even later a part of the United Arab Republic.


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