Wednesday, September 29, 2010

How my blog looks to readers in Iran

A reader wrote with a screen shot of my blog as seen from inside Iran.


Something in Iran is messing with the Blogger iframe at the top and replacing it with part of the page Iranian's see when they are visiting a forbidden web site. I speculate that blogger.com may be banned in Iran and hence that small part of my site that's served from blogger.com is blocked.

This results in my blog being headlined with the words In the name of God in Arabic.

It's a pity that the computer version of Arabic doesn't capture the beauty of calligraphy. The form of the Arabic language can be used to produce beautiful patterns (that are readable to someone with a good knowledge of the language). Here, for example, is the same phrase as appears on my web site written in calligraphy:


Which can be roughly pronounced "Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim" (In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful).

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