There have been two or more cats fighting outside my window for at least a week now. Sometimes they sound like kids, but then they make distinctly cat-like yowls. If I catch another mouse, I’m going to throw it out the window to add some fun to their party!
Oh, I start teaching English tomorrow! I hope I can do a good job.
Speaking of cats…
“At the beginning of her introduction to Lorraine Chittock’s book Cats of Cairo, Annemarie Schimmel wrote: “When the British orientalist E. W. Lane lived in Cairo in the 1830’s, he was quite amazed to see, every afternoon, a great number of cats gathering in the garden of the High Court, where people would bring baskets full of food for them. He was told that in this way, the qadi (judge) fulfilled obligations dating back to the 13th-century rule of the Mamluk sultan al-Zahir Baybars. That cat-loving monarch had endowed a “cats’ garden” where the cats of Cairo would find everything they needed and liked. In the course of time, the place had been sold and resold, changed and rebuilt; yet the law required that the sultan’s endowment should be honoured, and who better than the qadi to carry out the king’s will and take care of the cats?” Continue reading “Cats in Islamic Culture…”