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The role of books in Muslim countries

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Submitted by Ugri (Finland), Aug 2, 2008 at 06:07

According to what I have heard and read, the question of literature, especially the translation of books in Islamic countries is problematic. A UN survey carried out a few years ago revealed startling figures. E.g. the number of books translated annually into Greek was more than tenfold than in all Arabic countries into Arabic combined. A simple mind like myself would conclude that the Koran has something to do with this situation.

One thing that intrigues me no end. What do they teach at the islam-dominated universities about Christianity? One (hopefully) rumor tells: the basic tenets are pork-eating and interdict. Now, if we only had someone with good contacts with some of those seats of learning! Volunteers, anyone?

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