[CORK] Islam and Sci-Fi
Mon, 24 Mar 2003 23:25:58 -0600
On Monday, Mar 24, 2003, at 18:09 US/Central, Justin Mason wrote:
> Isn't there some mix-and-matching involved, though?
Um, did say "mishmash of Bedoin and other Middle Eastern cultures..." ?
> ie. I seem to recall
> hearing that the language is based on Hebrew rather than Arabic (or
> that's just the phrase "kwisatz haderach", dunno).
Totally. In fact, my lunch w/ the illustrious Mr. Herbert was launched
with my naive (at the time, I was in high school in West Texas and had
never heard a word of Yiddish IIRC) question:
"How the f*ck do you pronounce 'kwiasatz haderach'?" ;-)
PS - for the record, he said "kvee-ah-sahtz hah-dur-ahk." :-) Then
proceeded to give me a fascinating lesson in Middle Eastern history
over bad food at a Chelsea Street Pub, probably one of the best-spent
hours of my life.