Jordanian writer concerned over lack of Arab contributions to the world

Barack Obama regularly touts the accomplishments of Arabs and Muslims to society. But Jordanian journalist Jihad Al-Mansi writes that Arabs are contributing nothing at all.

Caption, via Wikipedia entry on Saudi Arabia: "Dira Square (also known as Chop Chop Square by expats), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Taken by BroadArrow in 2007."

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, March 6, 2016 – Barack Obama never misses an opportunity to tout the accomplishments of Arabs and Muslims to the global community. Trouble is, there is hardly anything to brag about, and Mr. Obama relies on the public’s ignorance to prevent his pronouncements from being challenged.

In early January, Jordanian journalist Jihad Al-Mansi expressed his concerns about the lack of Arabic contributions to society at large. He is not the first to do so.

Al-Mansi wrote,

“The world is developing, in the philosophical, scientific, social, creative, educational, and cultural sense; it is on the verge of breaking free of backward gender-driven thinking…

“This is taking place in countries far from our Arab region. At the same time, we, in this region of the world, remain at the bottom of these indices – and some of our countries are absent from them altogether.

“We hold no respectable position on any index or metric concerning freedom of thought, human rights, media, gender, environment, water, or war on corruption; our countries often come last in every field.”

Perhaps most stunning is the source of these comments. But others have also stated similar ideas in the past.

For example, in his book Islam Unveiled, Robert Spencer noted

“…the technological superiority and cultural hegemony of the West make it an object of envy: Islamic civilization is supposed to be superior to that of the unbelievers, but at this stage of human history it clearly isn’t. The West, or the universal civilization it leads, is emotionally rejected. It undermines; it threatens. But at the same time it is needed, for its machines, goods, medicines, warplanes, the remittances from immigrants, the hospitals that might have a cure for a calcium deficiency, the universities that will provide master’s degrees in mass media. Parasitism is one of the acknowledged fruits of fundamentalism. But will the parasite kill the host? From such resentment and envy arises Osama bin Laden, who may not be able to build something like the World Trade Center, but he can knock it down. If the West’s technological superiority cannot be matched, it can at least be assaulted.”

In The Arabs, David Lamb was prophetic in his comments concerning Arabic migration. Consider the Syrian refugee situation as predicted by Lamb when he wrote

“The migration of peasant Arabs in and out of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf did not lead to a cross-fertilization of ideas or wider worldly awareness, as travel and living abroad usually do. The migrants had remained isolated in the Arab world’s most religiously conservative states. Their years there exposed them to money and a fundamental interpretation of Islam, not to the enrichment of culture, debate and human contact. In the host countries they were viewed as a necessary evil, economic mercenaries who were not in sync with the ways of desert Arabs.”

In the Foreward to The Sword of the Prophet by Serge Trifkovic, former Canadian Ambassador to Yugoslavia observed that

“…something is wrong in the Muslim world. With all of their oil wealth, why are there no Muslim countries among the top 30 of the world’s richest nations? Why is it that two-thirds of the world’s poorest people live in Muslim countries? Why, in the last 20 years, have over 2 million people died in conflicts involving Muslim communities? Why are democracy and the rule of law nonexistent in most Muslim states? Why do Muslims carry out so many of the worst acts of terrorism?”

Why do we never read about such statistics in the mainstream press?

Finally, Nicolai Sennels, writing in Jihad Watch on October, 2013 agreed with his Jordanian counterpart cited above:

“While non-Muslim scientists invent new fantastic medicines and technologies daily, discover the most amazing things about the universe, its building blocks and inhabitants, and Western voters and politicians have created the most humane, rich and free societies in world history, most Islamic countries are still amputating limbs for theft, stoning women and homosexuals, heavily inbred, denying people free speech and democracy, and contributing absolutely nothing when it comes to science, human rights or peace.”

At least a few people are paying attention. Sadly there are not enough of them, and our president is among the worst offenders when it comes to apologizing for the inadequacies of the Muslim world.

Jihad Al-Mansi concluded his article by observing,

“We are regressing, instead of progressing, in all fields: We fail in sports; we have no presence in the arts; politically, we execute the agendas of the superpowers and major enterprises, like pawns that move when expected and remain silent when demanded to do so. Economically, we are not welfare states; ideologically, we are influenced, not influencers; with regard to humanity, we reject the other rather than accept him. We accuse anyone who disagrees with us of being an infidel, and think that we’re always right and the world is conspiring against us, never asking ourselves the logical question: Why would the world do this, when we are of no consequence in global, cultural, and human enterprise?”

Yes, there have been numerous contributions by the Muslim world…most of them have been destructive.

Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.

Taylor is also founder of The Magellan Travel Club (

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