Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Medina Muhammad Would Not Approve Of

A Chilean/Danish pop singer by the name of Medina was recently heckled and had eggs thrown at her by a group of youth at public concert.

Their reason for attacking the songstress? Apart from taking exception to Medina’s hot pants and sexually suggestive song lyrics, it appears that the gang were provoked by the singer’s stage name which is also coincidentally the name of the second holiest city in Islam and the burial place of the Prophet Mohammed.
Coincidence? As it turns out, given the Islamic occupation of the Iberian peninsula for several centuries, the use of the word "medina" for "town" became common among the Iberian people, and eventually adopted as a surname.

So to sum up: Muslim-identifying individuals whose families immigrated to a formerly-Christian country in Europe were offended by a pop singer's name derived from a Christian European group's adoption of a word used by their Muslim conquerers a millennium ago. History comes full-circle.

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