Richard Dawkins to give away copies of The God Delusion in Islamic countries

Mar 27, 2018

By Alison Flood

Richard Dawkins is responding to what he called the “stirring towards atheism” in some Islamic countries with a programme to make free downloads of his books available in Arabic, Urdu, Farsi and Indonesian.

The scientist and atheist said he was “greatly encouraged” to learn that the unofficial Arabic pdf of the book had been downloaded 13m times. Dawkins writes in The God Delusion about his wish that the “open-minded people” who read it will “break free of the vice of religion altogether”. It has sold 3.3m copies worldwide since it was published in 2006 – far fewer than the number of Arabic copies that Dawkins believes to have been downloaded illegally.

The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science recently merged with the Washington DC-based Center for Inquiry. Dawkins said the CFI decided on “a more systematic programme” of translating his work in ebook form following “stirrings toward atheism in Iran and other Islamic countries”. It will be the first time his work has been made available in Arabic, Urdu, Farsi and other languages of Islamic countries.

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One comment on “Richard Dawkins to give away copies of The God Delusion in Islamic countries”

  • @OP – Richard Dawkins is responding
    to what he called the “stirring towards atheism” in some Islamic countries
    with a programme to make free downloads of his books
    available in Arabic, Urdu, Farsi and Indonesian.

    This has been developing for some time following earlier events and this earlier discussion:-

    https://www.richarddawkins.net/2014/11/the-god-delusion/

    It probably never crossed Richard Dawkins’s mind that his book, The God Delusion, would reach out to Arab audiences in their own language.

    To say that Bassam’s work has been well received would be an understatement. The pdf was downloaded ten million times, with 30 percent going to Saudi Arabia. Bassam said that there were over 1,000 downloads on the very first day after he uploaded it, and the numbers only climbed as the translation was picked up and shared on the blogs, websites and forums of prominent Arab atheists.



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