[ExI] Arabs don't read

justin corwin outlawpoet at gmail.com
Fri Jul 18 14:25:04 UTC 2014

Not that they don't have problems, but this is a little misleading. While
numbers of books in Modern Standard Arabic is quite low, some complicating
factors are low literacy in Arabic due to school policies that privilege
fluency in "foreign" languages, Algeria for example is a huge consumer of
French books because educational policies under French rule meant that far
more can read it comfortably, despite the "official language" being Arabic.
Much official business in the government is even still done in French
writing, despite it having no official status.

Similarly this ignores Arabic-descended languages in other Muslim countries
like Persian and Turkish, both of which rank quite highly in terms of
published works per year.

On Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 7:50 AM, John Clark <johnkclark at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Jul 17, 2014, at 6:12 AM, Mirco Romanato wrote:
> > Why Don’t Arabs Read?
> One reason may be that the number of books translated into Arabic since
> the death of Caliph Al-Ma’moun in 833 AD is less than the number of books
> translated into Spanish just last year. If you believe that all the world's
> wisdom can be found in just one book why read any other?
>   John K Clark
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Justin Corwin
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