President Obama’s speech to 1.4 Billion Muslims

On Thursday, Barack Obama will speak to 1.4 Billion Muslims (worldwide) when he visits Cairo.
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I know that the president, being a smart and well-read man, will surely have read my book “A Collection of Arabic Proverbs” by Malachi McCormick, by way of preparation for his important speech. (OK –maybe not….)
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I know also –regretfully– that a lot of other people have NOT read the book. I should change that to “have not YET read the book.
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Stone Street Press readers, enthusiasts, and collectors know that “A Collection of Arabic Proverbs” was my response to the Attack of 9.11. I had put out four earlier collections –Irish, English, Yiddish, African– but 9.11 gave the fifth book of Arabic proverbs an awful “hook”, unsurpassed in its immediacy, its terrible impact.
The introduction to my book of Arabic proverbs is a five thousand word essay about the powerful issues that 9.11 opened up, that my selection of some 500 Arabic proverbs illustrated in a number of different ways.
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I will soon post a sample selection of the proverbs.
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As I have previously commented, any collection of Proverbs
will probably include the very best, the wisest, the most insightful of that groups proverbs –and a larger group of run-of-the-mill observations, and –invariably– another smaller group of proverbs of very dubious quality, not to say, some that are downright negative, or prejudiced, or nasty.
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Though they may not all be wise or insightful, the entire body will be in a very important way representative of the culture from which they sprang –often over a long period of time of many generations.
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[NOTE: Be sure to read my earlier posting, and my subsequent sample of Arabic Proverbs, and do let me have your response.]


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