Arab

Call me Socialist not Communist

Part I – Why Russia was never the enemy but the USA is?
Part II – From Russia with Love
Part III – Moscow and Um Khalid’s dream
Part IV – Comrade Nadia
Part V – Abu Mohammad’s Dukkan

Part VI – Call me Socialist not Communist

For Khalid and many Arabs in Russia, who went there to study or to attend a military training course, Socialism made sense. After all Islam is also about social justice and treating all people equally. Regardless of age everybody has to work and everyone is equally a comrade. Unlike in the Muslim and the Arab culture respect to the elderly is not an obligation. All comrades are at the same social level and the best among them is the most hard working.

In Jordan, as a teenager, Khalid is no one of a value. He existed to listen and take orders from the elderly. No adult would ever consider listening to his or his peers opinions. During big social gatherings like weddings, funerals, or Jaha* Khalid and the other teens would be the ones responsible of serving guests coffee, tea, Knafeh or food depending on the occasion.

In Russia, orientation for foreign students is not  like anywhere else. New foreign students receive a crash course on the greatness of the Russian culture and ideology. Students orientation is not limited to campus regulations and buildings’ locations. Rather, they are taken to see statues of great Russian leaders and thinkers who formed the communists party. They also are educated about the communist party’s ideology.

Beside the time Khalid went to see the Swan Lake ballet with Nadia, he was taken to see a ballet in his first month in Moscow. His professors called him a comrade. It felt great been called a comrade. A comrade is not just a title it is a badge of honor granted to people who are set out to achieve greatness. He is no longer the boy called to serve coffee to the elderly or harvest their olive trees in his grandfather land.

As much as he liked everything about the ideologies of communism and socialism he refused to be called a communist. He prefer to be described as a socialist. This was especially true and significant when he returned back to Jordan. In Jordan, everybody believes there is a God. To deviate off this common practice it would be unheard of and inadvisable speaking in public about it. Although, there are communist parties in some Arab countries they hardly made it anywhere or achieved any political milestone in their countries. Socialists on the other hand were big, very big.

By his fifth year, Khalid hated Moscow. He hated the cold weather, he hated seeing the box-like one model car, he hated not having a choice when buying stuffs and he definitely had it seeing potatoes on his plate with every single meal. Also, his relationship with Nadia started to fade away. They had a huge fight when during a dispute she shouted at him “I am not one of your harem.”

1989 was Khalid’s fifth year in Moscow, it was not his favorite year although he was soon to graduate. It was the year Jordan’s economy suffered a huge fall down. He was a ware of the financial strain his study puts on his father. In addition, Moscow is not as cheap as it used to be. Things are changing in Moscow rapidly as if something colossal was going to happen.

To be continued…


*A Jordanian tribal tradition were a large group of men (100 to 300)  go to the Diwan of a particular tribe to request something significant. This could be to request a man's  approval for his daughter's hand or to request a peace covenant between two tribes. The bigger the Jaha the better. It is also not about number but who is in this Jaha. People brag about who is in the Jaha. Ministers, MPs, Professors, MDs, big businessmen have to be included in the Jaha.
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6 thoughts on “Call me Socialist not Communist

  1. I can argue, with some force, that if u were to write in-depth details of the architects (the ballet for example) + personalities of the story (which u do brilliantly) it would be astonishing.

    I realize u want to make it exciting, hence the succinctness 🙂

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    1. Thank you very much for the tip. I like when readers tell me what I can improve or what was not alright for example. You are right abut not being very detailed.
      There is a new genre of TV shows called mockumentary. It is a comedy show that is presented to the audience as a documentary. The Office is one of these shows.
      What I am trying to do here is something similar by writing a non-fiction article in a fiction way. While Kahlid’s and Nadia’s characters are fake but the events are real. If I wrote about the events in a non-story telling readers will get bored so hopefully this will make you and others comeback for more 🙂

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  2. Everybody in Jordan believe there is a god??? seriously dude? A PhD student making such an utterly stupid generalization? How pathetic!

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  3. Whateva,

    Yes, I do believe most Jordanians believe there is a God. Here is a quotation from the CIA
    World Factbook: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/jo.html

    “Religions:
    Sunni Muslim 92% (official), Christian 6% (majority Greek Orthodox, but some Greek and Roman Catholics, Syrian Orthodox, Coptic Orthodox, Armenian Orthodox, and Protestant denominations), other 2% (several small Shia Muslim and Druze populations) (2001 est.)”

    You can as well find many other links that list same numbers.

    Also, be civilized and school yourself on how to debate and talk to others. You could have simply told me I am wrong and here is why. I would be glad to hear your comment and if you are right I will say I am wrong.

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