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Thursday, April 01, 2004

              Illiteracy in the Arab world
MEMRI this morning has an interesting interview with Salman Masalha, an Israeli-Arab intellectual and poet. Illiteracy, and the general lack of education leads to what he views as one of the key problems in the Arab world:

"The Arab newspapers do not publish erotica, criticism of Islam, or intimate revelations, not even political expose. For example, there are no new Arab historians. Everything is 'establishment' in the Arab world. We never ask ourselves the real questions. Doubting does not exist. No one doubts the Qur'an.

"Doubt is an essential part of the development of society and of culture. It is of this programming I speak, and of the need to replace it. To begin, for once, to ask about and talk about the most essential things in our lives, in order to find solutions or ways to change this sad reality.

"We here [in Israel], with all our problems, and all the complexity of our situation, know deep inside that we are free, I mean, as far as thinking goes, and as far as the possibility of writing goes. We are freer to think than anyone in the Arab world."

|| Nudnik 9:07 AM
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