Hundreds of years ago, thousands of European and Asian students pilgrimaged Baghdad, Damascus and other Muslim mega cities of the Islamic Golden Era. Basically, they had to learn Arabic language to gain from the main sources of knowledge those days i.e. Arabic Libraries. What brought this fascinating scenery to my mind today was an email I received from the editor of the Arabic version of Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Few weeks back, I was practicing my best hobby, surfing Wikipedia.com pages. I happened to read that the Arabic version of Wikipedia contains about 57,000+ articles only! This was a big shock to me!
The English version celebrated lately, a collection of more than 2,000,000 articles. However, this was not the reason of my shock! What shocked me most was the note that the Hebrew version of Wikipedia.com contained more than 75,000+ articles. This prompted me to email the Arabic version editors to ask about the issue. Well, to me, it’s an issue. A big one actually!
Another shock came in when I knew that Wikipedia Arabic has more editors than the Hebrew one! Thank God all these shocks haven’t come all at a time! else I won't be typing these words now!
What on earth is wrong with us? What’s wrong with Arabs? We are more than 22 states, with over 300,000,000 in population, and yet, we can’t beat others even in this one! Writing articles!
I happened to hear once that the amount of annual book publication in the Arab World is about the same amount of publications in Spain alone!
Honestly, I pray this info is wrong!