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Terrorist

by John Updike

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Terrorist by John Updike
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    Jun 2006, 320 pages

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    May 2007, 320 pages

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The Ad are believed to be an ancient Arabian people who became rich through the production of frankincense and as a trading point for spices from India. The Qur'an says that the prophet Hud was sent by Allah to the city of Ubar/Iram (famed for its tall towers) to warn them that the city would be destroyed if they continued to worship multiple gods. The people ignored the warnings and the city was destroyed by a massive sandstorm. In the early 1990s scientists studying satellite images identified a buried city on the fringe of the Arabian Desert in Oman which they believe to be thelost city of the people of Ad.

According to Islamic tradition, the prophet Hud was born 5 generations after Noah which could make him the same person as Eber, mentioned in the Hebrew bible which, if true, would be a little ironic as according to Jewish legend Eber refused to take part in the building of the Tower of Babel, and thus when it fell only he retained the original human language - which became known as Hebrew.

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