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Damascus, Syria

Sami Moubayed is a Syrian political analyst and historian based in Damascus, Syria. Moubayed is the author of "Damascus Between Democracy and Dictatorship (2000)" and "Steel & Silk: Men and Women Who Shaped Syria 1900-2000 (2006)." He has also authored a biography of Syria's former President Shukri al-Quwatli and currently serves as Associate Professor at the Faculty of International Relations at al-Kalamoun University in Syria. In 2004, he created, the first and online museum of Syrian history. He is also co-founder and editor-in-chief of FORWARD, the leading English monthly in Syria, and Vice-President of Haykal Media. Close.

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The King of Pop in the Muslim World, Too

To young teenagers growing up in the Arab world, there were three cherished pop idols to those aged 13 and above: Madonna, George Michael, and Michael Jackson.

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Lamoushka Author Profile Page:

I remember Elvis and his songs. but I miss Michael Jackson much more: Michael used to electrify an entire audience with his unique performances. Rest In Peace, Dear Michael: you shall always be in our minds and thoughts!

kls1 Author Profile Page:

I read this with interest, thanks, we don't always know how big our stars might be somewhere else.
Frankly I'm horrified if Madonna, G. Michael and even Michael Jackson actually represent the U.S. to the world. Madonna is a self obsessed, Michael Jackson has all that plastic surgery and the hanging with kids.
Could we have a little about how they're not (hopefully) perceived as typical Americans?

wrock76taolcom Author Profile Page:

Two things characterize M. Jackson:

2-much under loved.

VirginiaMom Author Profile Page:

What did Muslims in the Arab world think of Michael Jackson's conversion to Islam a few months ago in November 2008? Or did this event not penetrate the news media there?

stivgdgy Author Profile Page:

I think the guy you really want to meet is Quincy Jones:

"While working on the film The Wiz, Michael Jackson asked him to produce his upcoming solo record.

The result, Off The Wall has sold a staggering 20 million copies and made Jones the most powerful record producer in the industry.

Jones' and Jackson's next collaboration Thriller eventually sold a reputed 109 million copies and became the highest-selling album of all time.

Jones also worked on Michael Jackson's third solo album Bad, which has sold 32 million copies. After the Bad album, Jackson and Jones went their separate ways so that Jackson could produce his later solo works by himself."

ayan1 Author Profile Page:

the islamic people are real nice

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obblehit Author Profile Page:

this article-thingy is retarded, and also this entire "On faith" section is retarded please make it go away

onesugar1 Author Profile Page:

Thank you.

lcarter0311 Author Profile Page:

It's good that you write about one thing or person that Americans and Muslims can both find something or someone in common to speak about and share, and that person being Michael Jackson.

I enjoyed reading your article.

mortified469 Author Profile Page:

I love your conspiracy theory. The only "blood" you see in that picture is the reflection of the flash of the camera on the red backboard. This picture was probably taken going to the hospital.

What dummies!

ridagana Author Profile Page:

Ten minutes ago I finished dinner in a simple little restaurant here in Şanlıurfa, Turkey,not far from the Syrian border. The waiter asked me were I was from and I said ''America.'' He then said ''Michael Jackson.'' That was all that was needed.

twforg Author Profile Page:

There are reports that Michael converted to Islam --

ThomasStewart1 Author Profile Page:

ThomasStewart wrote:
MURDER....heres picture of Michaels Body. Notice its at night, Firemen are waering overcoats, with blood stains, Gurney is Covered in blood & entire chest area is covered with with huge bandages.

Coroners are noted for cover ups, word corner, applied as loosely run area, is NOT Medical Doctor Nor Pathologist. So Probably World Will Never Know. Now YOU Know.

6/27/2009 10:15:31 AM

maxim678504 Author Profile Page:

Thanks for this. Almost all of my Arab, Iranian expat, and Muslim friends growing up were undeterred MJ enthusiasts. Keep on building the case for commonalities and the world will be a better place for it.

JRLowreyVA Author Profile Page:

Very interesting article, though I was never, ever a MJ fan.

Incidentally, the guitar solo in "Beat It" was played by Eddie Van Halen, for which he allegedly never received payment.

MuhammadAgha Author Profile Page:

Very true. Sami, you have put our thoughts, all of them, in your usual glamorous way. Very much like how glamorous Michael was. Michael left a lasting print in our memories of hope, ambition, innovation and excellence. He is a legend that have and will always inspire those who have a dream and who are willing to lead their lives living up to it. The man was controversial, true. Yet no one could deny nor forget that his music and talent outwayed any controversy and that Michael kept it up with a lonely life of fame that cost him to let go much of the joy he could have had being the normal child who grew up to become king of pop. RIP Michael.

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