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Such Myopic responses to hide the truth

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Submitted by Peter Hall (Australia), Dec 22, 2011 at 18:29

You really are myopic in your view, and I assume the reason you adopt this attitude is that you really have no sensible responses to make.

I did not say that the inadequacy of Arabic in the sciences was proof in it self that Arabic was weak. I what I said was that it is symptomatic of a weak language. I also cited the very few books in other languages translated into Arabic. The UN report stated that Spain translates more books into Spanish each year that there has been translated into Arabic in the last 1000 years. This is another example of a symptom of a weak language, in that there is no demand to translate.

I also cite the low numbers of Arabic works translated into other languages, like French. Another example of a weak language in that there is little demand for other societies to read the works of Arabic writers.

I also state the low educational standards of Arabic speakers, I cited the top Arabic speaking University is ranked 237th in the work, by contrast, Australia with only 20 million people averages 12 Universities in the top 100 in the world University rankings. Another symptom of a weak language.

I also cite the low levels of literacy, and the high uptake amongst educated Arabic speakers to learn other languages. Another symptom.

I also cite the lack of achievement in bench mark awards like the Noble Awards in Arts and Sciences. Another example of symptomatic weakness.

I also cite the lack of demand for other cultures to read Arabic literature, the total print runs of all Arabic books ever printed, if one excludes the Qu'ran and its commentaries, are less that the print runs of Agatha Christie. Tell me Amin; what was the largest print run of any non religious Arabic book, by an Arab? Tell us the actual print run, an intelligent and knowledgeable Arabist like you should be able to provide such information? When was the last Arabic author able to get one of his books translated into English with a print run over 1 million copies? Or a total Print run over 1 million, that a pretty low number in the Publishing world !

I use this example, in that there has been some successful Authors who were of Arabic or Muslim Origin, but they published in English, or other languages and lived in non Arabic speaking countries. Which is indicative that Arabic peoples are just as capable of writing as other peoples, but just do not do it in Arabic.

So one Crime writer from the West has more copies of his books printed, than the total output of all Arabic writers in Arabic ever.

I also cite the low number of scientific journals and papers published by Arabic speaking countries. Again, little Australia has published more scientific papers and journals than the total Arabic speaking world ever.

All these symptoms add up to the conclusion that Arabic is a weak language, and has stagnated. The reason it has stagnated is the lack of demands placed upon it by its users and the Snobs refusing to change it so it is useful.

If Arabic is not useful in science and technology, if Arabic is not used for creative writing and literature, and if Arabic is not the language of the people who want to learn, what is it other than a weak language.

What happened from the year 900 to the 1400s is in the past !! The achievements of the Greeks, Romans, Chinese and the Indians far exceeded anything the Arabic races ever produced.

Most of the Arabic claimed contributions were just copies of Greek texts plundered after the fall of Constantinople, or claiming discoveries of the Indians, Spanish or Egyptians.

Arabic Societies have contributed to world knowledge, but at a low level. They claim the numbering system used in the west and the concept of zero. However it is well known the concept of zero and the bulk of the numbers we use are Indian in origin.

Arabic peoples are no more or less intelligent than other peoples in the world. However they are constrained by their language and its refusal to modernise, and by the constraints its religion and cultural practices place upon its people.

So you may harp on about laser/lazer as a distraction, but your attempt to dodge the issues are transparent. I find it funny you stating how cheap personal insults are, yet you use this device time and time again !!

You try and dismiss my evidence, without any meaningful evidence to refute what I claim, but in doing so you come across as a untruthful snob. Yet you ignore the facts and defend your position by citing other Arabists? Very lame. I have been asking and I still have not found a single person who has read the book you claim every person in Europe has read? Do you have any evidence to back up this claim? Or are you going to say it what you said was every Arabist in Europe has read it? Well Amin?

An Arabist Snob, funny is that not the name of the original article?


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