The odd thing about islamic fundamentalism
is that it’s always had its strongest appeal among engineers.
There’s even a joke about it in Arabic.
The words ‘al-ikhwan al muslimun’ mean
‘Muslim Brothers.’ In Egypt they always say
the Muslim Brotherhood is really the Engineering brotherhood.
Engineers don’t exercise their fantasy and imagination.
Consequently when it comes to issues that involve religion
and personal emotion, they tend to see things in stark terms.