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Monday, March 03, 2008

Never to Miss an Opportunity

The Muslims are abysmally far behind in literacy. They are the people of the Book, but stay away from books. They (largely) avoid reading. In literature they do not represent their numbers. Yet from this report it is evident they do not miss an opportunity to score brownie points.

By Frances Harrison
BBC religious affairs correspondent

Egyptian writer Ibrahim al-Moallem (right), president of the Egyptian Publishers Union, and Mohammed Salmawi, secretary-general of the Arab Writers Union, at a protest outside the French embassy in Cairo (24 February 2008)
The invitation of Israel has triggered a furious political row
A book fair in Paris has become the subject of controversy with several Muslim countries announcing boycotts because the guest of honour is Israel.

Saudi Arabia has become the latest to withdraw, following Iran, Lebanon, Yemen, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria.

The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Isesco) has also urged its 50 members to pull out from the fair, which starts on 14 March.

Isesco said Israel had committed crimes against humanity in Palestinian areas.

The organisers of the book fair have said their aim is to honour literature and promote dialogue between cultures.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't stereotype please, or add facts and figures to support your statement. Americans are no better than us.
I'm a muslim, I read at least one book a week, and know dozens of other muslims who do the same. I also have christian and jewish friends who haven't touched a single book in years.

March 03, 2008 4:33 PM  

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