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Submitted by Peter Hall (Australia), Dec 27, 2011 at 20:07

Well Amin

A solid indicator that a language is alive an vibrant is the standard of its literature, and how does someone say that something is good or bad?

Well, some people rely on critics, experts and scholars, to give an indication of how good something is. However, many movie and book critics have published reviews of how great a book or movie was, and in spite of the critics saying how great it was, no one has purchased it or gone to see it. Then there is a movie that critics hate, and they masses love it and it becomes a success. What the masses read or view is the true indication of how good something is, not what the critics say.

I am using the same logic, that if the masses are reading and authors are writing in Arabic, then it must be a vibrant and strong language.

However, from the limited research I have done, I can only see a language this is not the case with Arabic, it is not alive, very few new Arabic authors have been published. over the last 1400 years, I can find no Arab author who has published a book that has any significant print run. My measure of a significant print run is 5 million copies or more. That would equate to one in every 40 Arab speakers having purchased a copy of the book. I cannot find a single Arab Author who has a book with even a million copies.

The biggest selling book of an Arabic source was 'a thousand and one nights', which is actually a compilation of many Arabic fables and poems, but it was compiled, with additional charactors added, by a western writer, so it can hardly be described as an Arabic work.

I asked you for an example of any Arabic writer, who has a title published, that has a significant print run which would indicate the strength of Arabic literature. You have provided nill, zero, zip, nada, nothing.

Can you provide a method or measure that indicates how strong Arabic as a language is? Asking for an expert opinion is like asking a movie critic for an opinion, I would rather see the ticket sales for an indication. I think most people would.

Just more Amim hot air, you are looking even more foolish Amin.

I ask again, put up or shut up!

Now Agatha Christe, has just one of his books with over 100 million copies sold. You laughed at this, but it is a fact.

So you have made many claims, none supported, of how great Arabic is today. My statement says it is a weak language and provided evidence to support my statement, you have provided none.

I asked to to show what evidence you have to support you claim of every person in Europe having read Arabic, you have shied away from an answer yet again.

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