I was born and raised in a southern Jordanian village called Smakieh. More than 2800 years ago, Smakieh was part of a kingdom called “The Moa’bite Kingdom” (in Arabic: المملكة المؤابية). A person from Moab was called “Moa’bite” (in Arabic: مؤابيّ). From this historical perspective comes the name of the blog (A Man From Moab) and the nickname (Moa’bite).
When I started this blog in May 2007, I was a medical student at Mutah University in Jordan and from it I received my Bachelor degree in Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) in June 2013. After graduation I finished my internship year and then came to Germany to do my medical specialization. I have been working here since April 2015.
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To some (many?) of my fellow Arabs, I am different because I was born to a Christian family. To another small (large?) group, this time of Christians, I am different because I was born to an Arab family. I believe this is the dilemma that each Arab Christian lives in. Nonetheless, I initially successfully resolved it by no longer identifying myself with either of the previous two groups (sorry!). For about six years after the establishment of this blog, I started identifying myself as a “human being” with no fellow Arabs or fellow Christians, but with fellow human beings!
However, as the years passed, I discovered how many human beings do not recognize other human beings to be as “human” as they are. They are not humans because they are infidels, terrorists, black, or uncivilized… so on and so forth of this endless human “creativity”. As a result, I finally settled with identifiying myself as a Homo sapien – not with fellow Arabs, Christians, or human beings, but with fellow Homo sapiens. Even if others do not think that you have the correct ethnicity, religion, color, etc, they can’t deny that you are all equal at the end… Homo sapien brothers and sisters!
Why do I blog and what do I blog about?
I mainly blog about what I think was, is, and will remain the salvation of humanity: science and knowledge in general. For me it seems that everything other than science-based information divides human beings. I like most things to be evidence based not opinion based and I like to explain the world around me using science and logic not using religion and personal opinions. If I did not believe that fanaticism is always wrong, I would call myself “a science fanatic”. Together, if we forget what divides us (identities), we can create a better tomorrow for all… all Homo sapiens!
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There is an issue that needs to be cleared here: why am I not blogging only or mostly in Arabic?
Arabic is my mother tongue. I respect it just like I expect that most people respect their mother tongues. However, to publish in Arabic, or in any other language other than English, is a disadvantage. The full details are in this post.
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Do you think that you have a purpose in your life that will allow you to “make a difference“? Or are you “just another Homo sapien”?
I do not know about you. Unfortunately, I have not found a purpose yet… The good news… I am still searching…
Jameel Hijazeen (Moa’bite) جميل حجازين