Interesting Notes

The word “Islamophobia” (whose usage I despise; see Comment Policy) was apparently first used in English by Edward Said in this article (p. 99).
Less than three percent of terrorist attacks in Europe last year were religiously-motivated (most were committed by Corsican nationalists).
Most religiously motivated “hate crimes” in the United States in 2011 were committed against Jews. Only an eighth were committed against Muslims.

Madâin Sâlih Becomes First Saudi World Heritage Site

Right here. Notice the mention of the 1972 antiquities law noted on the sign on the fence protecting Jebel Maqla (sometimes incorrectly called Jebel al-Lawz) in the UNESCO description of Madâin Sâlih. I mention this law on AJaL in Section 5 under the subsection “Saudi Fence”. Numerous photographs of the tombs of Madain Salih may be found on Google Earth when checking the Panoramio feature. Madain Salih is the same as Hegra, just to the North of Biblical Dedan/modern al-Ula. Hegra was integrated into the Roman Empire after the creation of the Roman province of Arabia Petraea, as shown by a Latin inscription found at the site.