Martin Luther King, Jr. in Arabic Translation

The Global Americana Institute is delighted to announce the publication in Arabic of Marshall Frady’s biography of Martin Luther King, Jr. along with some of King’s landmark speeches and writings. The book has been brought out by Dar al-Saqi, the foremost Arabic publishing house, which also does important English-language publishing in London.

Martin Luther King, Jr. in Arabic

Martin Luther King, Jr. in Arabic

This timely and important volume is being published for Arabic-speaking audiences in the era of the Arab Spring, when non-violent political action and aspirations for an inclusive political vision have been keynotes of progressive politics in the region.

The US involvement in the Arab world is extensive and multi-dimensional. But on both sides of the Atlantic, it seldom involves a serious engagement of ideas. For the best of American political and social thought to be available in Arabic seems to us indispensable in this era. We are grateful for our supporters, and encourage more of those who care about these issues to become supporters.

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King is known in the Arab world, mainly to those who read English or French, and I was told that some of his writings were extemporaneously interpreted in Arabic at Tahrir Square in January-February 2011, during the Egyptian revolution. OCLC Worldcat, among the more comprehensive databases of published books in the world, only lists eight books on King in Arabic, one of them a biography for children.

This publication follows upon our first major translation, of selected works on the separation of religion and state, democracy, rights and the separation of powers by Thomas Jefferson.

The Global Americana Institute is extremely pleased to add another major work to this small literature in Arabic about a great American thinker on peace, human rights and justice.

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  1. The greatest power and points of leverage in effecting events are great ideas.

    Ideas such as those of Jefferson and King, properly translated and presented, may be some of the most powerful elements that might be introduced into societies in the process of developing and asserting themselves.

    No better use of a dollar.

    • Dr. King`s letter from the Birmingham jail and his speech at the “Poor peoples march” on Washington D.C. should be must read for everyone. Likewise Dr. King`s Vietnam speech at the New York church should be more widely distributed around the world. He is definitely one of the American “greats” of the 20th century!

  2. Great. In ten years, people in the Arab world are going to have a better understanding of Martin Luther King than people in the United States.

    They’re actually getting his real words. For the past thirty years, we’ve been fed the myth of Teddy Bear Martin Luther King, a kindly sort of fellow who travelled around the country giving patriotic speeches and telling black people not to be violent. Lemme tell you, conservatives LOVE Teddy Bear Martin Luther King!

    You see, he had this philosophy which he called “Non-violent mumble mumble mumble… “

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