Cairo Book Fair: Religious works, “Mein Kampf” selling well

posted at 12:57 pm on February 2, 2007 by Allahpundit

We have our classics, they have theirs.

The cycle of violence as supply and demand: government censors skew the fair towards Islam and anti-semitism, and the public, weaned on Islam and anti-semitism to divert its attention from government malfeasance, snaps it up.

[M]any complain that the crowds are just there to picnic and buy religious books…

Of the 700 Egyptian and Arab publishers at the fair, the vast majority stock religious books on their shelves. “Even we reserve about a quarter of our catalog for them,” said publisher Ansari.

Korans of all styles, from the simple to the leather-bound, share shelf space with collections of religious sayings and fatwas as well as their more modern incarnations on cassettes and compact disks.

Jimmy Carter likes to point to the fact that the Camp David accords are still being observed by both sides, lo these many years later. That might be true at the moment, but it won’t always be so. The government’s trying to manage the monster it helped create and it won’t be able to restrain it forever.

The fair also has its darker sides, with anti-Christian polemics advocating conversion to Islam as the only solution to a flawed religion and of course plenty of editions of Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” for sale.

“It makes up a big part of our success, especially among the 18 to 25 crowd,” said Mahmud Abdallah of the Syrian-Egyptian Dar al-Kitab al-Arabi publishing house…

Partly this could be because certain books didn’t make it to the fair. As Lebanese publisher Dar al-Adab discovered when the boxes containing works by Milan Kundera, Nikos Kazantzakis and noted Egyptian authors Nawal al-Saadawi and Edward al-Kharrat were missing…

According to literary observers, subject matters involving sex, controversial politics and attacks on religion set off alarms among the censors.

Exit question: Is this poll good news or bad news?

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Is this poll good news or bad news?

Bad.

Alex K on February 2, 2007 at 1:06 PM

Mein Kampf…..ever try to read it? Anyone who buys it will be asleep by 2pm.

Exit question: Shows the American public would rather watch Randy, Paula, and Simon trash people then worry about America’s future.

Limerick on February 2, 2007 at 1:13 PM

Exit question: Is this poll good news or bad news?

Sadly, it’s soft news.

Kid from Brooklyn on February 2, 2007 at 1:18 PM

Mein Kampf…..ever try to read it? Anyone who buys it will be asleep by 2pm.

Limerick on February 2, 2007 at 1:13 PM

How true.

An Arab Mohammedan reading “Mein Kampf” is somebody who insists that the Holocaust never happened, but hopes to finish the job. It reminds me of the old joke about when God was creating the earth: one of his angels observed, “You’re giving the Jews such a disproportinate number of physicians, lawyers, bankers, scientists, and Nobel laureates. Doesn’t seem fair.”

To which God replied, “Yes, but wait ’till you see who I’m giving them for neighbors!”

Spurius Ligustinus on February 2, 2007 at 1:20 PM

Limerick, exactly right… All 15 of my coworkers can not name the president of Iran, and they consist of MDs, Ph.Ds etc… even when I told them it sounded like “I’m a dinner Jacket” they just were blank stares. But every single one of them knew the name of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmse’s baby. Really sad, and really, really dangerously bad news

rightallthetime on February 2, 2007 at 1:21 PM

Exit question: Shows the American public would rather watch Randy, Paula, and Simon trash people then worry about America’s future.

Limerick on February 2, 2007 at 1:13 PM

Probably right, but it also may mean that they just get tired of the “sky is falling” mentality. The Jihadists are coming, global warming is going to destroy us, Pelosi is speaker, the administration is corrupt, the President is a traitor (that from an ex VP), every lead story is a killing or kidnap, the Mexicans are taking over the U.S., Kennedy is still a senator, the economy is a mess (that is the most bizarre), no one has health care, the SS is bankrupt, kids are being sent to die (they never volunteer to fight), everyone hates us in the world, we have the most backward health system in the world, conservatives want to destroy the earth, our kids are uneducated, and on and on and…
Maybe a little Simon, Randy or Paula is needed to wash that garbage out of our system. Maybe. Some people just want to live their life with their family, and not be told it is being savaged.
When that person comes along, they are President…ala Reagan.

right2bright on February 2, 2007 at 1:29 PM

I would like to see another poll. How about this?

How much do you care whether or not Muslim people have a favorable view of the Unitsed States?

I don’t give Whats a Muslim? Sharia for all!
a rats ass

Guardian on February 2, 2007 at 1:30 PM

hmmm. spacing didn’t work right.

Guardian on February 2, 2007 at 1:31 PM

Is Jimmy Carter’s book popular at the Cairo book fair?

The poll results are incredibly stable from 2002-2007, not having gone up or down dramatically, on any of the items.

This is bad news, and totally in line with the hibernating attitude of our populace.

I’d like to meet the ‘no opinion’ ones.

Entelechy on February 2, 2007 at 1:47 PM

Is this poll good news or bad news?

It’s rather bizarre actually. I find it hard to believe and would bet it’s somehow bogus.

It’s impossible for me to believe that American opinion of Muslim countries has actually IMPROVED since 2002.

Gregor on February 2, 2007 at 1:49 PM

Exit question: Is this poll good news or bad news?

Sixty-five percent of Americans are now clueless, versus fifty-nine percent five years ago. Drugs? Immigration? Or just better polling?

RedWinged Blackbird on February 2, 2007 at 1:56 PM

Between oil, terrorism, war, genocidal threats, nukes and all the other stress the middle east provides on a daily basis, I don’t see what 26% has to be happy about. Nice rugs?

Savage on February 2, 2007 at 2:00 PM

Maybe the poll is taking into effect all the liberals who are absolutely in love with seeing America go down.

I think that might actually explain it.

Gregor on February 2, 2007 at 2:03 PM

It’s largely unchanged. If it hasn’t gone down since 2002, I’d have to say that’s actually good news.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on February 2, 2007 at 2:17 PM

Maybe the numbers haven’t changed, but I hate them more. And the left loves them more.

right2bright on February 2, 2007 at 2:47 PM

It’s largely unchanged. If it hasn’t gone down since 2002, I’d have to say that’s actually good news.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on February 2, 2007 at 2:17 PM

It is especially good news considering the MSM frenzy to rehabilitate the Religion of Peace® ever since the 9-11 attacks.

Valiant on February 2, 2007 at 5:34 PM

Kampf = struggle
Jihad = struggle

Mein Kampf = My Jihad

No wonder the muzzies are so enthralled by it.

infidel4life on February 2, 2007 at 7:02 PM

Mein Kampf…..ever try to read it? Anyone who buys it will be asleep by 2pm.

Naziboy’s tedious prose makes Mein Kampf a painful read. It’s like trying to read the Bible or the Koran. You’d think history’s most well-known megalomaniac would have authored some fascinating works given the extent of his sway over German opinion.

I relented one third of the way through, and my copy only sees the light of day when debunking claims that Hitler was an atheist, individualist, or pro-capitalist.

Tony.

FierceGuppy on February 3, 2007 at 12:48 AM

polls. Polls are for people who think they matter. As Ann Coulter said “you may as well take a poll of skirt lengths. That’d give you about as much information on the subject”.

that was during the 04 election on fox about the polls saying … bush was going to lose.

One Angry Christian on February 4, 2007 at 10:57 AM

Between March of 2006 and January of 2007 it seems the numbers don’t change that much. I would call it bad news in the sense that I think people aren’t taking a serious view of Muslim countries.

thedecider on February 8, 2007 at 12:18 AM