So I was interested this morning to stumble across an Islamic perspective on Paul in the form of this column from the Saudi Gazette (which, when my local newsagents have sold out, I am forced to read online – thankfully, there's no paywall, yet).
Here's their take on the slimy sage:
"Even more bizarre than the soothsaying cephalopod with the ‘100% track record’ is the reaction of the supposedly ‘objective’ media and readers across the world, who have lapped up the shenanigans of the ‘oracle’ octopus and its rivals – a parakeet called Mani and a 700-kg crocodile called Harry in Darwin, Australia – without a murmur of disbelief or protest.Crikey. And there was me thinking we were all just having a bit of fun, when all along we were undergoing "mental regression". Oh keepers of Oberhausen Sea Life Centre, what have you done?
It makes one wonder: Is the world going through a period of collective mental regression to the Period of Ignorance (Jahiliyah) where superstition and soothsaying reigned supreme? Have we become so desensitized by systematic exposure to the occult and ‘supernatural’ – thanks to the popularity and consequent social acceptability of magicians (Harry Potter) and vampires (movies like Twilight and Eclipse) – that the slow slide back has gone largely unnoticed, and we now consider the weird, ‘wonderful’?"