If you can imagine, the illiteracy rate for Arab populations throughout the world ranges between 50% to 90%! If you ask a Palestinian man what is a war crime, he response with “Israel!”. What it really means he has no idea. If you ask a man in Syria where is England located, he has no idea. When you ask an Iraqi woman where the US is located, she promptly responds with “Satan! Devil!” And then is everyone trying to figure out why so many Muslims are involved in terrorist activities. In this time of the globalization, there is no place of illiteracy!
- In the Arab world, the illiteracy rate, depending on your source, is between 50% and 90%!
- In Europe, the number of books per person is ten times greater than the number of books per person in the Muslim Middle East and Africa combined.
- The number of books translated into Arabic in the last ONE THOUSAND (1,000) years is equal to the number of books translated into Spanish alone in ONE (1) year.
- Between 1980 and 1999, the number of patents from Arab countries registered in the United States was 370. During that same time period, the number of patents from South Korea alone was 16,328.
- At Google headquarters in Silicon Valley, there is a large world map with lights that shows the number of searches going on at any particular moment. The whole world is bright, except for the region stretching from Morocco to the border of India, where it is almost completely dark (well – throw in North Korea for good measure).
- In the Arab world, the number of computers per 1000 people is 18; the number of computers per person world wide, including poor nations, is 78 per 1000.
Illiteracy rate in Arab countries
According to UNESCO, the average rate of adult literacy (ages 15 and older) in this region is 76.9%. In Mauritania and Yemen, the rate is lower than the average, at barely over 50%. On the other hand, Syria, Lebanon, the State of Palestine and Jordan record a high adult literacy rate of over 90%. The average rate of adult literacy shows steady improvement, and the absolute number of adult illiterates fell from 64 million to around 58 million between 1990 and 2000-2004. Overall, the gender disparity in adult literacy is high in this region, and of the illiteracy rate, women account for two-thirds, with only 69 literate women for every 100 literate men. The average GPI (Gender Parity Index) for adult literacy is 0.72, and gender disparity can be observed in Egypt, Morocco, and Yemen. Above all, the GPI of Yemen is only 0.46 in a 53% adult literacy rate. According to a UN survey, in the Arab world, the average person reads four pages a year and one new title is published each year for every 12,000 people. The Arab Thought Foundation reports that just above 8% of people in Arab countries aspire to get an education.
Literacy rate is higher among the youth than adults. Youth literacy rate (ages 15–24) in the Arab region increased from 63.9 to 76.3% from 1990 to 2002. The average rate of GCC States Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) was 94%, followed by the Maghreb at 83.2% and the Mashriq at 73.6%. However, more than one third of youth remain illiterate in the Arab least developed countries (Egypt, Mauritania, Somalia, and Yemen). In 2004, the regional average of youth literacy is 89.9% for male and 80.1% for female. (source)
Arab/Islamic Nobel winners
- Mohamed El Baradei, Peace, 2005
- Ahmed Zewail, Chemistry, 1999
- Yassir Arafat, Born in Cairo, Egypt, Peace, 1994
- Naguib Mahfouz, Literature, 1988
- Anwar El Sadat, Peace, 1978
- Shirin Ebadi, Peace, 2003
- Abdus Salam, Physics, 1979
- Orhan Pamuk, Literature, 2006
- Tawakkol Karman, Peace, 2011
As of 2012, nine Nobel prize winners have been Muslims (23% of the world population), that’s 1% of the total Nobel winners. (source)
I can’t help it, but here follows the list of the Israeli/Jewish Nobel winners
- Arieh Warshel, Chemistry, 2013
- Michael Levitt*, born in South Africa, Chemistry, 2013
- Dan Shechtman, Chemistry, 2011
- Ada E. Yonath, Chemistry, 2009
- Robert Aumann, born in Germany, Economics, 2005
- Aaron Ciechanover, Chemistry, 2004
- Avram Hershko, born in Hungary, Chemistry, 2004
- Daniel Kahneman, Economics, 2002
- Yitzhak Rabin, Peace, 1994
- Shimon Peres, born in what was then Poland, now Belarus, Peace, 1994
- Menachem Begin, born in what was then Russia, now Belarus, Peace, 1978
- Shmuel Yosef Agnon, born in what was then Austria-Hungary, now Ukraine, Literature, 1966
As of 2012, 170 Nobel price winners have been Jews (0.2% of the world’s population), that’s 41% of the total Nobel winners. (source)