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Cats are actually a pretty big deal in Islamic cultures.
I think it's the near East in.general.I do know there is a nice story of Mohammed not wanting to disturb a cat.
Dogs however tend to be hated and feared because they are little better than wolves in the region...at least in the Levant area.
Yeah, in a lot of places worldwide, dogs are for hunting, fighting, or guarding.
I know dogs were revered in Zoroastrian Persia and the Muslim conquerors made a point of mistreating dogs to humiliate the natives.
That's interesting. I knew the Zoroastrians had a list of good vs bad animals. I didn't know dogs were particularly sacred. I guess that adds ad hoc symbolism to that war. I wouldn't be surprised if the middle East is the exception and not the rule to having a low opinion of domestic dogs (which is odd, because shepherding is a major trade). I've seen women go into shock when they see dogs in people's houses if they are new or visiting America.