Thursday, December 11, 2008

UN Survey: Arabs Read Approximately Four Pages Per Year

It comes as no surprise to me that Arabs are among the most illiterate and least read people on Earth. There is no information other than that found in the pages of the Noble Quran that are needed for life on this planet.

However, I thought I would just bring to me readers attention, the GLORY of Arab Incuriousness (as it is just another sign of a true believer in Islam!). As we all know, we have been instructed not to think too much for ourselves but the Apostle in this lament to believers :


“Don’t ask questions. You lose faith by asking questions. (The Noble Quran 5.101/102).


And it would seem most true, and pious Muslims in the Arab world have taken this to heart.

The average Arab in the Middle East reads approximately four pages worth of literature a year, according to a RIA Novosti Russian news service report published in November. 

The Syrian newspaper Tishreen, commenting on a recent survey conducted by the United Nations, said that according to the study, Americans read an average of 11 books a year, with the average Briton reading eight books.

The Arab Thought Foundation, which reports on cultural development in Arab countries, concluded that only a little more than 8 percent of Arabs aspire to a higher education.

The U.N. survey reported that every year, one new book title is published per 12,000 people in the Arab world, as compared with one per 500 people in Britain. Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) says Israel publishes more than 4,000 books a year, making Israel the second highest per-capita publisher in the world, after the People's Republic of China.

The United Nations Development Programme Literacy Report for 2007-2008 listed Israel in 56th place for world literacy, with the Palestinian Authority coming in 80th, Jordan 84th, Lebanon 97th, Iran 114th, Syria 120th, and Egypt in 132nd place.

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