[ExI] Arabs don't read

Harvey Newstrom mail at harveynewstrom.com
Sun Jul 20 15:52:55 UTC 2014

On Saturday, July 19, 2014 3:22 PM, John Clark wrote,
> On Sat, Jul 19, 2014 at 1:45 PM, Harvey Newstrom
> Written English has changed radically in the 400 years since the King James
> Bible was new, but even though it's more than twice as old written Arabic has
> changed very little since the Quran was written

I think you misunderstood my point.  I was not discussing how much or little the language had changed.  I was pointing out the weak chain of assumptions that:
- most Arab readers are Muslim
- most Muslims follow the Quran
- most Quran readers are extreme fundamentalists
- most extreme fundamentalists don't like books,
- therefore most Arabs don't read due to religious beliefs.

So my point was that this would be as spurious as saying:
- most English readers are Christian
- most Christians follow the Bible
- most Bible readers are extreme fundamentalists
- most extreme fundamentalists hate science
- therefore most English readers hate science due to religious beliefs.

Harvey Newstrom   www.HarveyNewstrom.com

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