Post by David Amicus
I think that's a bit extreme. There's no gambling involved. It's a game of skill not luck.
A bit? :/ I think the man is "out there", personally. But apparently a
number of Saudi chess players are not letting this stop them from
playing, organizing tournaments, forming and participating in chess
clubs, etc. Chess playing is very widespread in the Arab world and has
been for a long time.
It was odd reading the actual fatwa. I kept thinking of certain mostly
Protestant religious speakers of the English Reformation and
Enlightenment era who preached against board games of various kinds and
other "frivolous" entertainment using similar language and similar
approaches. You've read Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress"? Come to think
of it, a much earlier Catholic example comes to mind -- the Parson's
tale in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.
I've noticed that outsiders -- particularly non-religious outsiders --
often take pronouncements by prominent clerics of *any* religion more
seriously than insiders do. I've seen people do that to the current and
some previous Popes, and to the Dalai Lama.
Yusuf, how seriously do you expect this fatwa to be taken in Saudi
Arabia? Outside of it? Any other Muslims or people in the Middle East
-- what do you think?
Catherine Jefferson <***@ergosphere.net>