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I'm a self-teaching geek. teaching because that process is far from over. I don't know a ton, but what I know, I'll share, and I won't answer a question if I'm not confident I'm correct.


Oct
29
comment Dealing with the 'unclean hand' when travelling (if you're left-handed)
I think that the reaction you receive also depends on how much exposure to a western culture that the community is used to. Make no mistake, it is deeply offensive. However, like most westerners have the ability to recognize when someone is being deliberately offensive, and when they are simply ignorant of the issue, most Muslims have the same ability. So if they have enough exposure to westerners to realize that it isn't intentional, they are far less likely to react, much less react in an extreme manner. Traveling in Dubai, for instance, is very different than traveling in Saudi Arabia.
Oct
29
comment Dealing with the 'unclean hand' when travelling (if you're left-handed)
@Stuart: Generally, in a Muslim country, the culture assumes that a person whose hand is missing has been punished by Allah, and they will be treated with (a sometimes completely unconscious) contempt. If it is the right hand that is missing, then clearly that punishment is intended to convey the shame and humiliated status of that person.