Two Minutes with Dr. Yahya: A Story of Arab Shiekh’s Oil Deal Generosity

Two Minutes with Dr. Yahya

On the Arab Manifesto of Learning

A Story of  Arab  Shiekh’s Oil Deal-Agreement Generosity.

Reported in the Arab American Encyclopedia-AAE

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It was narrated, I am fond of writing about Great Arab Personalities. Sometimes taking into consideration the idiom: “No Body is Perfect”, I find some strange stories such as this one. So forgive me readers, I am still trying to revive the dead meet man, in order to create  fresh Arab minds and souls.

After colonialism was defeated, and their power over the poor nations resources changed, they were smart though, but greedy to continue their powers or to retain some of it. Poor people are naïve and still generous with simple mentality thinks how to bring daily food.  Colonialism began its strategies and tactics to keep the relationships with the poor but resourceful in some cases. Energy is acutely needed after WW1, ideas of colonialism came up with social but political factors such as education ties and diplomacy. The Muslim world as we said of the poor countries were naturally generous with their guests. That door of generosity was the key. When colonial powers in the name of multinational corporations negotiated oil, they used the factor of generosity. One of the newly producing oil area Shaikhs was visited to sign a deal with MNCs oil companies. This  was his story:

There was an Arab Sheikh in the Gulf wealthy oil area. Two capitalists (one British and American Oil negotiators) wanted to make an agreement with one of the Shiekh’s oil in the Gulf Area. (I will discard the role of translator here). In the way to meet His Highness, the Shiekh, the British envoy asked the American:

– “How much do you think we have to offer to the Shiekh for oil yearly?”

– “A good  deal is to offer a sum between 10 to 12 billions. I guess.” The American said:

-“No! I think this is too much!  we will offer him eight billions, if he rejected the offer, then we will increase it to10 billions if he disagree, up to 15 billion negotiation.  What do you think? They both agreed, so each will pay half of the amount. Both said in one voice, “So we will.” They arrived to his tent.

In the meeting with the Shiekh, he asked them not to talk until they have the Arab coffee. They did. Later, they offered him 8 billion for the oil every year. The sheikh paused in silence, the two envoy members (the capitalists) thought they did a mistake without intention, and may be they should begin with higher number than eight. they should offered ten billion as at first step. But the Shiekh looked at them, put his hand on his beard, seems to thinking deeply, then looked at the translator, and then talked:

– “Eight billions you said? Hmmm”.

The American said: “Yes your Highness. But we are ready to ………..,” the Shiekh, gave a sign with his hand to stop talking, then he said:

– “Eight billion! Hmmm! I think this is too much, we can’t handle this amount of money.” To their surprise he continued to say:

– “I will give you a generous  deal, I will take only five billions each year, and you both take the rest for you as a gift, but  with one condition.

The two envoy members were looking at each other, laughing deep with no sign,

– “What’s that your Highness” One of the negotiators (the American) said: The sheikh with his hand and fingers made a sign, (the thump moving on other fingers of the same hand, showing them what he means):

-“Yes your highness, what does that mean?” The sheikh smiled and said:

“ I need cash ….cash money.” The two envoy members in their car were laughing, repeating the sentence. The desert sand was annoyed of their loud voices.

Now let me ask you: Is this an Arab generosity or what?  Arabs until now, they act in the same generosity, where their money in western banks, with one condition:  no interest collected. Because collected interest, is haram. (illegal) according to Islamic Shari’a. I wander why the American banks collapsed.

This anecdote was similar in one Shikh’s biography in the 1960s written by a westerner. The sheikh felt proud of himself as an Arab showing his generosity to his guests. My question more is: does this generosity continues until this day. I don’t know, this is a taboo question. But it  surely, still celebrated in national ceremonies.

Another story, but shorter, two years ago, an Arab  president  of one oil country talking about money, he was offered to pay 2.9 (two point nine) billion for compensation of the TWA victims. In his televised conference to his people, (I watched it on TV), he said:

“We will give the complete amount” then he continues to say: “What is the two billion in our budget?”

He did not recognize the 900 millions in the deal, because he did not grasp what the point 9 of a billion (.9 ) means. He discarded the amount of  .9 billion.  The money is not his anyway, it is generated from oil revenues.  This was another type of Arab generosity, what do you call that? If you say: Arab ignorasity? You may be right! Long live (almost all) Arab and Muslim Leaders.    (839 words)

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أقرأوا للكاتب بعضا من 180  كتابا   هنا  أو هنا  وشكرا .والله يرعاكم .



About Arab American Encyclopedia-USA - Hasan Yahya

HASAN YAHYA was born at a small village called Majdal-YaFa (Majdal Sadiq) in Mandate Palestine (1944). He migrated as a refugee to Mes-ha, a village east of Kufr Qasim, west of Nablus (in the West Bank), then moved with his family to Zarka, 25 km north of Amman – Jordan. He finished the high school at Zarka Secondary School, 1963. He was appointed as a teacher in the same year. Studied Law first at Damascus University, then B.A from Lebanon University in Arabic literature and Eastern Cultures (1975). He moved to Kuwait. Where he got married in 1967. He was working at Kuwait Television, taught at bilingual School, and Kuwait University. In 1982, Hasan left to the United States to continue his education at Michigan State University. He got the Master Degree in 1983, the Ph.D degree in 1988 in Education (Psychology of Administration ). In 1991, He obtained his post degree in Social research, the result was a second Ph.D degree in Comparative sociology-Social Psychology. He was the only Arab student who enrolled ever to pursue two simultaneous Ph.D programs from Michigan State University and fulfill their requirements perfectly. Professor Yahya employment history began as a supervisor of a joint project to rehabilitate Youth (inmates out of prison) by Michigan State University and Intermediate School Districts. Worked also as a Teacher Assistant and lecturer in the same university. He was offered a position at Lansing Community College as well as Jackson Community College where he was assistant professor, then associate professor, then full professor (1991-2006). He taught Sociology, psychology, education, criminology and research methods. He supervised 19 Master and Ph.D candidates on various personal, economic psychological and social development topics. Professor Yahya published Hundreds (1000 Plus on this site) of articles and research reports in local, regional, and international journals. His interest covers local, regional and global conflicts. He also authored, translated, edited and published over 280 plus books in several languages, in almost all fields especial education, sociology and psychology. These books can be found on Amazon and Kindle. He also, was a visiting professor at Eastern Michigan University to give Research Methods and Conflict Management courses. Prof. Yahya accepted an offer to join Zayed University Faculty Team in 1998, then he served as the Head of Education and Psychology Department at Ajman University of Science and Technology 2001-04. Dr. Yahya established several institutes in Diaspora, the Arab American Encyclopedia, Ihyaa al Turath al Arabi Project, (Revival of Arab Heritage in Diaspora.Recently he was nominated for honorary committee member for the Union of Arab and Muslim Writers in America. He was affiliated with sociological associations and was a member of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS) at USA. Social Activities and Community Participation: Dr. Yahya was a national figure on Diversity and Islamic Issues in the United States, with special attention to Race Relations and Psychology of Assimilation (generations 1,2 &3). He was invited as a public speaker to many TV shows and interviews in many countries. His philosophy includes enhancing knowledge to appreciate the others, and to compromise with others in order to live peacefully with others. This philosophy was the backgrounds of his theory, called “ Theory C. of Conflict Management”. And developed later to a Science of Cultural Normalization under the title: “Crescentology. The results of such theory will lead to world peace depends on a global Knowledge, Understanding, appreciation, and Compromising (KUAC)” Recently Prof. Yahya started "Publish your book FREE Project", to serve young Arab Writers. Dr. Yahya accepted the offer to be the chief editor of the International Humanities Studies Journal -I-H-S-Jerusalem, since July 2014. (Revised Sept. 2014) ولد الدكتور حسن عبدالقادر يحيى في مجدل يابا من أعمال يافا – فلسطين عام 1944. تلقى علومه الابتدائية في مدرسة بديا الأميرية في الضفة الغربية أيام احتوائها ضمن المملكة الأدردنية الهاشمية وتخرج في جامعة بيروت حاملاً الإجازة في اللغة العربية وآدابها، ودبلوم التأهيل التربوي من كلية القديس يوسف بلبنان، ودبلوم الدراسات العليا (الماجستير) ودكتوراة في الإدارة التربوية من جامعة ولاية ميشيغان بالولايات المتحدة عام 1988، وشهادة الدكتوراه في علم الاجتماع المقارن من الجامعة نفسها عام 1991. عمل في التدريس والصحافة الأدبية. أديب وشاعر وقاص ، ,كما عمل في تلفزيون الكويت الرسمي كمعد ومنسق برامج ثم اتجه إلى الكتابة والتأليف في علوم كثيرة تخص علمي النفس والاجتماع والتنمية البشرية ، والتغير الاجتماعي والسكان وألف ونشر العديد من المقالات (1000 +) والكتب باللغتين العربية والإنجليزية (أكثر من 330 كتابا) ، منها ست مجموعات قصصية وست كتب للأطفال ، وأربع دواوين شعرية باللغتين أيضا. وعدد من كتب التراث في الشعر والأدب والأخلاق الإسلامية والتربية والأديان . وهو الآن أستاذ متقاعد في جامعة ولاية ميشيغان. . وكان عضوا سابقا في جمعية العلماء المسلمين في أمريكا . وجمعية علماء الاجتماع الأمريكية - ميشيغان، وهو مؤسس الموسوعة العربية الأمريكية في الولايات المتحدة ضمن مشروع إحياء التراث العربي في بلاد المهجرز كما تم ترشيحه مؤخرا ليكون عضو مجلس التحرير لمجلة الدراسات الإنسانية العالمية. وقد قبل أن يتسلم رئاسة تحريرها اعتبارا من نهاية يونيو 2014 His email: Thank you!
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